What is work? Work is the thing you have to do. If you don’t do it someone else will. You can get paid for work, all the way from sweat equity wages to the billion dollar buyout. You can put off work, you can pay someone else to do work, you can enjoy work or deplore it, you can share work, or create work, and you can ignore work but still, it will still have to be done. That’s what makes it work.
Otherwise we would call it play or sleep or being bored or eating. Not that those activities don’t need work. Sometimes the more you need the rest the harder it becomes to relax. The more something seems like something you have to do – “I have to get some rest,” you say as you toss and turn – the more it becomes work to fall asleep.
Unless, you eat it raw, someone has to cook, clean up, find the food, buy it – in no particular order, I might add. That makes those things work. Just about anything can turn into work. The trick is figuring out how to make work pay you back for all the work you put in to it. Pay for work is a key to work satisfaction.
You can hate work but that won’t make it go away. I work so I can have more time to play.