In the movie The Matrix the main character Neo is given the opportunity to get the answers to his questions about life.
He can take the red pill and awaken to how the world really is, or he can take the blue pill and go back to his life as usual.
He chooses the red.
When Neo takes the red pill he has no idea what he is in for. He finds himself waking up in a horrible post apocalyptic futuristic dystopia.
But he is awake.
So what is better, to be locked in the matrix going through the motions of a fake life, or to awaken to a reality that is not perfect?
One of the characters, Cypher, wishes he was never freed from the matrix and betrays his friends for a chance to go back and "remember nothing".
As you go to work day to day are you truly living? Are you giving your all to your employer? Does your work tap into the part of you that is alive?
It's kind of a catch 22 to think about such things. Of course you want to have a dream job, but most people don't. Is it better to just put your head down and not think about it? Should we just accept life in the matrix? Is it more of a nightmare to try to break out? Is it going to be worse in the real world when our eyes are open?
While it is not always easy to pull off, I try to live by the words of Howard Thurman:
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Are you living life in The Matrix or have you come alive?