Funemployment

April 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Career Moves | Leave a comment
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You did it.  You survived another hump day.  You did what you were supposed to do.  You went to work.  You produced something (or at least pretended to) and came home exhausted as usual.  Maybe you complained about your job today.  Maybe you complain every day.  But really, it isn’t that bad.  I mean, you are lucky to have a job, right?

Right.  Lucky.  Because you didn’t work your ass off to do something you love, because you were told to do something you love, because you will have to work for a long time.  And for the current generation of young workers, the time spent working gets longer and longer.  So you should sort of like what you do, so that one day, when you are super old, you can retire and do all the things you wanted to do when you were young and exuberant.

The work/life balance in America is more like work=life.  You work to live, and at the end of the day, you are supposed to be rewarded with some peace and excitement.  You worked hard.  You earned it.

But seriously, who wants to wait until they are old to hit their bucket list?  If you pace yourself, you should be able to work and experience life.  That’s why we have vacation days, right?

So when I think of my friends who find themselves enjoying unemployment, I get incredibly confused.  I get the idea of living the dream, or taking advantage of time spent not working, but it frightens me.  The idea of not working frightens me.  Not because I’m a workaholic, but to be honest, I have no idea how long I could last without a job, financially speaking.  I don’t have much of a savings, or family support to fall back on.  If I were to ever be unemployed, I would immediately panic.  I just can’t do funemployment.

The flip side is that I know that I can’t do what I’m doing forever.  It would get really boring doing the same thing for 50 years.  I’m a creative soul.  I need to create.  When things become routine and not challenging, I need to find a way to have fun and get paid for it — that’s my fun-employment.

I don’t know how long I’ll continue on my current path, or what my next path will look like.  I know that people switch jobs like, 5 times by the time they are 40.  I also know that there may come a time when I do find myself unemployed, and I’ll have to find a way not to panic.  I’ll have to find a way to enjoy every day, whether it’s hump day or Monday, or the ever awesome Friday.  If all else fails, a good meme will always put a smile on my face.

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