To the friend quitting her job
When you think your life is absent of meaning, you find yourself getting a job, your own place and winning a bunch of professional awards.
When you come to hate your day-to-day routine, and regard it as a waste of time, you find life gives you an opportunity to spend a year volunteering in Africa or elsewhere.
No matter how you think of your sufferings, remember that life always hands you a solution, which you need to find.
Quitting your job is a big step, let alone going overseas, so it’s understandable you have reservations. At the same time, for the more enlightened people, just working so you can eat and live is to crush your soul and existence. My advice is to step out in different ways while you still have a job, then if something truly pulls you, you can quit with less fear. I think you will find true active love for your neighbor to be much more rewarding for your inner man than the 9-5, and it can serve as a start of a spiritual awakening, if you are ready to hear that.