The cost of cortisol

If you hate your job, here’s a couple of questions to ask yourself.

How much are you charging this company to have your hair turn grey?

How much of your health are you willing to give up to please people that you don’t like?

Stress hormones (cortisol and norepinephrine) are chemicals that let us know that we’re about to be eaten by a jaguar. But since nobody is being eaten by jaguars, stress hormones let us know that this job isn’t worth it.

It’s not worth it if you’re a 24-year-old with grey hair because you’re coming in on your days off. It’s not worth it if you’re 37 with a 37 Celsius fever because your boss keeps giving you more work. It’s not worth it if the reward for doing superficial work is more superficial work.

Actually, it’s never worth it.

It’s never worth it because we have nothing more sacred than our health and our time. It’s a reciprocal relationship. Being healthy means having more time to do what you love. Having more time to do what you love means doing things that make you healthy.

Don’t be bribed into sacrificing the sacred for the superficial.

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