We enter adulthood and try our best to fit on the corporate hamster wheel.
We convince ourselves that job security and benefits are the way to find fulfillment in life. Until the day the wheel breaks and we find ourselves tumbling into an unknown abyss.
That’s where I found myself this week. I probably handled it better since I had been preparing all month for this event. I didn’t think it was actually going to happen, but sometimes your spirit prepares you for things.
After always having a job since I was sixteen and working over forty hours a week, I find myself in unknown territory. I have down time. i have an open schedule. I’m learning terms like severance package and unemployment.
Instead of rushing to end this period as quickly as possible, I’m taking the road less traveled. I’m going to focus on my true goal of being a writer. Not many times in life are you able to take time to focus. I don’t want to squander this gift.
Sometimes all it takes is happy thoughts to sprout your own wings.
Opportunities have been pouring in from everywhere lately and I have been jumping at all of them. Which is why I haven’t been posting in forever! I have what feels like no time. I’m certainly not complaining about this, I’m just using this as a way to teach priorities.
Being able to do things is a blessing, but if you can’t give your 100% to something, then no one wins. This is teaching me the power of saying no and creating schedules.
I haven’t been going out with friends to both stay money and to get up early for other things that take precedence over socializing, like exercising and getting a full night’s rest.
I was going to sign up for a financial class to help me learn not to live paycheck to paycheck. A responsible move but none of the classes would fit in my schedule. So I have developed my own method and will look into taking it when they offer it again.
I’ve also learned that it’s not always about money. For instance, I turned down a much needed job today in order to blog, do laundry, and catch up on things I’ve been neglecting around the house. Sure, I could have used the extra cash to pay down the bills but I would have been tired and stressing over when I could fit in the rest of my to do list. This would have made me distracted while teaching, which wouldn’t have benefited the children.
These are all great things but I believe you should be fully committed to what you’re giving your time to. Granted this is a lot easier to talk about than to put into practice, but it’s very important. Just part of the lovely life lessons we learn by growing up.