One day, I jokingly asked
my co-workers if it was time to go (one, I was getting over a summer
cold and two, I really was ready to go).
Then out of the blue, my
co-worker hit me with, “It’s starting to sound like you don’t like your job.”
Just because I say I'm
tired and I'm ready to go home doesn't mean I don't like my job. I already
dedicate 40 hours a week of my life to that place. I don't eat, sleep and
breathe for my company or paycheck. I’m grateful for gainful employment and
benefits, but I enjoy my free time more. I’m not saying I don't wanna make money,
but I'm not gonna break my neck or bend over backwards to do something I don't
enjoy. I think my job is cool, but that's just it. It's a job. I’m
on a pursuit to find a career and use my skills and $40,000 degree if
I admire and envy my peers
who are able to travel frequently while I'm stuck at home trying to save up
enough paid time off just to take a weekend trip. I can't wait until I can travel
and meet all the amazing people I’ve met through social media because of mutual
interests we all share.
I'm single. I don't have a
family to provide for so my every waking moment isn't worried about working
overtime to add a few extra coins to my paycheck every two weeks. So many
people get caught up in the cycle of working nonstop for nothing. After you've
worked 60 hours a week trying to fatten your paycheck to pay bills, then
what? Money is great, but I crave fulfillment. I need it.
I may not ever have my
"dream job", but whatever I decide to do for a living in the
next year or however long, I want to enjoy it. I want to make a difference. I
want things to be on my terms. I want my skills and interests to play a
part in whatever I do.
Working fulltime while
trying to find the time and energy to put your all into something you believe
in is already difficult. I have a lot of living to do, but I’ll be damned if I
waste most of it “grinding” for the sake of a few extra dollars on my paycheck.
Holla at me about overtime
when it comes to something I actually have an interest in, because entry-level
employment won’t be the move forever.