by Larkin G.
I recently got fired from my job. And, I’m ecstatic.
How could something so inherently negative make me so blissful? Because I hated my job.
Let me be clear. I did not do anything to get fired on purpose nor are the circumstances surrounding my past employment relevant.
Your job=Your Life
Think about what makes up any given 24 hours of your life (on a work day)
- Work (9 hours including lunch)
- Sleep (7 hours)
- Friends/family 4
- Activities outside of work 3
- Random (driving, etc) 1
The majority of your time in any given day is spent at your job. If you love your job, everything is sunshine and roses. But what if you hate your job? Or it’s unfulfilling? Or is just the wrong job for you? You are spending 8 hours of every day miserable. To be blunt….
your life sucks.
Where does the time go??
Spending over a quarter of your year (that adds up to over 2,000 hours!!) being miserable is bound to spill over into your personal life, no matter how good you are at compartmentalizing. So no matter how great your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse is, how involved in the community you are, how dazzling your home is, how enticing your friends are, it’s hard to be truly happy if you hate your career. It simply takes up too much of your time.
Do we expect too much??
Now I’ve brought out the c word: career. Fifty years ago, no one talked about a career. They had a job, a place to be from 9-5. But we, millennials, demand much more than a job from our occupations. We not only want a career; we want a career that fulfills a greater purpose and helps define us as individuals.
Think about when you meet someone new. What questions do you automatically ask:
- A person’s name
- Where they work
After learning someone’s name, you automatically want to know what they do. Why? Because it is an intrinsic part of their identity. Because it defines them as a person. Think about how many times you’ve included it in your introduction.
Here’s mine: “Hi! I’m Larkin. I’m the Community Manager for Our Valley Events. What do you do?”
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Now its your turn. I want to know about you.
- Do you want a career or a job?
- What do you expect from it?
- Do you think you can live a happy life if you hate your job?