As the news of Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French open due to her struggle with depression hits us up, the stigma around mental health somehow seems more real than ever.
The fellow players actually had mixed review and some of them even stated that the press conferences can be difficult but it is a part of the job or I hope she doesn’t regret it, makes you wonder when did the hustle become more important than our mental peace.
What is it that she would really regret? The fact that she took time off before her anxiety and depression took a toll on her and didn’t start hating the sport that once was her source of happiness, will she really regret this? Ask yourself when did mental health became an excuse and not the priority but then when was it a priority, to begin with?
Our lifestyle and society have always been more inclined towards the viewpoint that in order to be successful one needs to burn themselves out and the hustle has always been normalized. But if losing yourself and hating the very source of your happiness is the new normal then isn’t being the outcast way better?
We really need to rethink our priorities before it kills us. The Guardian labeled her move as courageous when all it was really basic.
Battle between Hustle and Mental Health
Picking mental wellbeing is a basic necessity for everyone. Oh, not if you want to be successful I guess, then it is hustling. Because 18 hours of working shift and 10k increment is exactly what I call success and surely that makes me the happiest, right?
To think you need to go through depression to actually learn what it really is, is actually sad. Why didn’t we learn this basic concept in school itself you ask. Oh but you did learn it, first hand in school but the only problem was that it wasn’t taught by the teachers but by experiencing it. They told us to be the best, not the best that we can be.
And even today when we all are facing the worst pandemic, yet for some reason, we are still expected to hustle like nothing is happening.
This hustle culture is based on the belief that you can only succeed in life only if you exert yourself to the point of sacrificing your sleep cycle and sanity and that my friend is actually toxic.
So the question is until when are we gonna live the hustle and sacrifice our mental peace?
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