Does anyone out there know what Karoshi is? It is a word they have in Japan, it directly means, "Death By Overworking". Basically a heart attack. Shit, that seems absolutely crazy to me, that this death by over working thing happens so frequently that they actually have a proper name for it. They got heaps of records of young men, like 22 and 23 dropping dead at their desk after an 80 or 90 hour work week. The body just cannot sustain that much stress. And so it begins in North America as well, we just don't have a name for it yet, maybe "workaholic" or how about "dumbass". Will Gadd has a quote on his site, something about laying on your death bed and wishing you had spent more time with loved ones or outside or reading or climbing or swimming, anything but working. This is maybe just me, but I'd rather die doing or trying to do something incredibly fun with a smile on my face rather than kick the bucket staring at some computer screen, but I suppose anything can happen, so I should not be so judgemental, but hey they really DO have a word for this, Karoshi, so maybe there's something to be said.
So then today, I was in a small book store downtwon Mysore, (which for the record looks and feels like New York city all packed into one square block) anyway, I see this book which cover reads, "77 ways to reduce stress". This author was a wanker in my opinion, sorry if I am offending anyone and I hope he doesn't make a million dollars selling it to people looking for ways to de-stress before they die. It's not that hard, if you need to read a book, I fear you may need more help than that book can provide.
I decided I would write my own book. It's going to be a best seller, I can feel it now, '7 ways to reduce stress' Chapter 1…
1. Breathe in.
2. Breathe out.
3. Go outside.
5. Drink more water, eat organic fruit and vegetables and not so much pizza and burgers.
6. Find a job you love, if you can't find one – create one.
7. Find people you love, it's easier done then said – just smile and say hello.
If I had to give readers one more bonus chapter, if I absolutely had to, I might say go to Hampi.
Just a thought, best wishes to all.