Do you work to live or live to work? Chances are, if you're commuting to an in-office 9-to-5, you probably feel more like the latter. And you're not alone by any stretch of the imagination.
In a viral video that amassed more than 2 million views in just one week, TikTok user @brielleybelly123, who just started her first-ever full-time job after college, shared her frustration at her new corporate norm.
im also getting sick leave me alone im emotional ok i feel 12 and im scared of not having time to live♬ original sound - BRIELLE
In the video, Brielle explained that with her commute, she has to hop on a train at 7:30 a.m. to get to work by 9 a.m., and she doesn't get home until 6:15 p.m. at the earliest, even though she gets out of work at 5 p.m.
Yes, she's emotional in her video. And yes, a lot of people are calling her dramatic and whiny, but let's be honest, there's some truth to the atrocity of this capitalistic arrangement, guys.
To get to the train by 7:30 a.m. completely ready for the work day, we're assuming Brielle is getting up around 6 a.m. and she isn't returning home until more than 12 hours later. Poof. There goes her entire day, and that 9-to-5 isn't technically a 9-to-5 after all.
To catch that sweet spot recommendation of 7-8 hours of sleep each night, she's got to have her eyes shut and mind in Dream Land by 11 p.m. at the latest, so in less than five hours, she has to cram all the rest of her responsibilities and self-care in.
It's not exactly the most feasible arrangement. Yet, as she also explains, she's not making enough money to move closer to work and shorten her day. Someone get this girl a bowl of ice cream and a remote role STAT.