If you are the kind of person who works hard from 9 to 5, chances are you want to relax and enjoy your life for the rest of the day. It basically doesn’t matter how you pass your time, as long as you enjoy what you do. Freelancers, however, may not be so willing to waste their precious hours or minutes, as they always calculate how much money their time is worth, thus thinking that if they spend the time in useless activities, they actually lose all the money they don’t earn during all that time.

What do 9 to 5 workers do in their spare time?

I asked a few people I know who work regular jobs and I’ve got various answers. Some prefer to work on their hobbies, others enjoy meeting friends for a chat and a drink, others relax watching TV and eating popcorn. Some others play computer games. I can somehow relate to this category of people, as I was quite an avid player myself a a few years ago. One of my Canadian friends spends a lot of time on Red Flush casino games. It’s somehow cool to play such games, although I would trade them for Bridge at any given time. Bridge is a game where luck has very little influence on the result, while poker, slots, craps or Blackjack are mainly games based on luck. If you don’t get lucky hands, you can be the smartest person in the whole world and you are still going to lose.

Why do something, anyway?

Humans are social beings. It seems that we are inclined to go out, meet others and interact with them. We are also competitive spirits, hence the need of playing games in which we compete against our peers. We like to be the best, we like to be admired and envied by others and, most of all, those of us who believe in luck hope a day will come when they are going to win the big pot at some game, so that they can quit their 9 to 5 job for good and relax somewhere, on a deserted beach in Asia or in Latin America.

Do you believe in luck? Do you buy lottery tickets each and every week? Have you already won and quit your job, and you are reading my article from one of those pristine beaches we all dream about whenever the weather gets too hot to work?