In some fields, it is expected of you to put your body through physical, mental and emotional exhaustion for a paycheck. I’m all for hard work – don’t get me wrong- it’s just that I’m not willing to put my wellness at stake and do crazy shifts.
“Oh, well you’re young. You can do it!” That’s something us “young” people hear all the time when it comes to working more. Let me ask you something: Don’t we all need sleep in order to function? And more than three hours of it during those crazy work days.
What the higher-ups usually fail to realize is that just because we’re young doesn’t mean we can jeopardize our health and well-being to stay and do a double.
When I overexerted my limits by working over 50 hours in four days, I had a splitting migraine that impaired my hearing and vision while driving home, had numbness in both my arms, and couldn’t catch my breath. I don’t know how I made it home without crashing my car.
My body was not just telling me – it was screaming at me that I was exhausted and out of fuel. Not to mention, I was feeling panicked because of all of the symptoms of exhaustion I was experiencing. I didn’t know what was going on – I didn’t know if I should go to the hospital or lay in bed.
To think just an hour before all of this I was asked stay another eight hours of nightshift. When I declined I was told, “Oh, but you’re young – you have tons of energy! You can do it!”
Really? So let me ask this, because I’m “young” means I should have all of this energy to work 64 hours in four days? I don’t think so.
Moral of the story is next time you think someone can do extensive work (some along with school) because they “are young and have a lot of energy,” take into consideration the fact that every human being needs sleep in order to function. These “young people” you think do nothing are actually working hard and struggling.
In today’s day and age, being young does not mean being invincible; being young means being a slave to the society created for us to live in.
What do you think about this topic? Do you think because a person is young that they should push themselves to the exhaustion point? Or do you think that age shouldn’t matter – that no one should be pushed to that point? Let me know in the comments below!!