Hatin' on the Hustle

So I hate the hustle. 

Not the '70s dance. 

I know it's an unpopular opinion, but I am talking about the use and abuse of the "hurry up and hustle" lifestyle. You know the one I'm talking about. You've probably fallen in line with it at some point.

Me too. I hustled through college and internships and grad school. I hustled right into my career. I hustled until I couldn't hustle any more.

Now don't get me wrong, a good work ethic is commendable. Hard work is a necessary part of life. But hustling ourselves right into our grave is not only ridiculous but unnecessary. 

For the sake of research, I looked up the definition of hustle... 


It's just a word that applauds the aggressive way we go about our goals, and take our need for rest and self care-not to just be put it on the back burner, but taken right off the stove and have all four burners on high heat with really complicated dishes occupying each one.

Believe me. I feel the pull sometimes-in fact just this week I felt a pull to try to keep an arbitrary schedule for the sake of who knows what.We feel if we do more and say yes to everything we'll get more gratification and all the good feels. But honestly, we just end up tired and burned out.

There is no heart in the hustle because the hustle drains you.

So if we say no to the hustle, what then?

Nothing. I passed up on grinding my gears to get a post up Wednesday and instead spent a much needed Tuesday afternoon with my sister and niece. And guess what, the world still turns.

Now don't get me wrong. We can still be  go-getters. We can still have a strong work ethic. We can still have hopes and dreams and goals and chase the heck out of them.

We just don't have to do all the things and we certainly don't have to do them all right now.

Are you hooked on the hustle? What would happen if you let go of something that is no longer fueling you? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!