A concept worth understanding:
Dignity of work. Most people confuse work with just a simple economic activity. In reality, it is about self-worth and pride in what one contributes to society at large. A lack of dignity of work leads to a slow erosion of self, no matter how much money/handouts one might get.
From Om Malik's "Worthy Five" as published in Kai Brach's Dense Discovery newsletter.
# Dignity of work - it's something I've thought about a lot in recent years and an fully cognisant of it (or lack of) having an impact on my sense of self and worth.
The unfortunate position for many is that work functions as a way to pay the bills, keep the lights on and feed the family. It is a necessity, not a vocation.
Once you have been embedded in a role for any significant period it is often hard to switch from that simple economic activity to something more personally and socially fulfilling and still be able to pay the bills and feed the family.
It should be easier.