Not So Average Joe

In a Mamak restaurant (a typical Malaysian restaurant), there sat two people at a table, one smoked a cigarette as the other sipped on his hot tea. It was a warm and sunny evening as the one sipping the tea started off the conversation.


“Bro, I’m going to quit my job tomorrow” Joe said.


The one who smoked on his cigarette quickly shifted in his seat and the cigarette fell from his hands as he sat straight, erect and asked his friend opposite him, “Are you nuts Joe? You’ve got a good job with good pay man!”


“I know. But I’m just not happy with it.”


His friend sighed. “Stick around and everything will be fine. Quitting a job doesn’t solve everything bro. It just makes things worst.”


“But doing something you don’t enjoy, doesn’t that make things worst man?”


“It does bro but think of the salary you’re getting! It’s good money man!”


“Money isn’t the answer to life’s problems bro. Life is not all about making money. Life is about living life to the fullest.”


His friend sighed. “Okay. Tell me what are you going to do then?”


“I’m good in painting. And I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Paint the things I love. Write a novel. Start my own band. I’m talented bro, I just don’t want all these to go to waste while I’m working 9 to 5 from Mondays to Fridays in a tiny cubicle.”


“But you can do all these during your free times bro.”


“How free do you think I am? I come back home at 7, I’m dead tired. I don’t feel inspired at all. I sleep, wake up and go to work again. By the time weekend comes, all I feel like doing is just chilling at home. Not my cup of tea.”


His friend smiled placed his hands on his friend’s shoulder and said, “Fine Joe. Do what you like. I’ll back you up every step of the way.”


Ten years down the road, Joe became a well known artist and an award winning novelist. While his friend still sat at his little cubicle from 9 to 5 from Mondays to Fridays. Life’s not all about chasing money. Life is about living, learning, sharing, expressing, giving, inspiring. Hats off Joe!


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