So… Im sitting in Whole Foods, aka my secret getaway from the world, after receiving an oh so familiar shitty paycheck. The kind of check that after you open it you stare at it for a minute and realize that after you pay your rent and buy some food, it will be gone. The kind of check that you will have nothing leftover to put in your secret stash, the stash that doesn’t exist because your checks are always so shitty. The kind of check that makes you wonder why the hell am I still working for this godforsaken company that I dont even like, just to get this shitty check. You think for a second and youre reasoning always concludes to those 2 words – job security.
Oooh sweet job security! Job security makes you think “well at least I have a job and I have this check” or “well everyone else would like this job and I have it so I should stay”. Trust me, I say these lines almost daily because I want to drown out my feelings of not liking my job so I convince myself that that shitty paycheck I received this week is all the reason I need to just keep being miserable at work. But i’m starting to realize that the only thing my job secures me of is a biweekly shitty check and a damn headache.
I mean, does job security REALLY exist? People that have been working for companies for 20 years and more are getting laid off every single day. People that have let their personal dreams fade away to dedicate themselves to a career that gave them false security and false hope. I’ve come across quite a few of those people and they have expressed to me how disappointed they were to put in so much work to simply be “let go”. One thing that I have been told by those people is to go after what I really want to do and dont settle for false security.
And I get that a concern with that is “well what if I go for my dream job and I get fired along the way?”. My answer to that is.. I don’t know about you but i’d rather get fired from a place that I put in hard work and gained once in a lifetime experiences, rather than a job that I look back on and question why I stayed there to begin with!
Personally I have stayed at my job for financial concern, even though the check is shitty, at least it exist. But to what degree do we let money run our lives and determine our personal happiness? I mean we pick degrees based on money, we work at jobs based on money, we move from state to state looking for money, etc. Why do we do this? Most of us have already realized that money isnt everything. It definitely isn’t worth feeling unfilled or waking up dreading your next work day. We all constantly see that many rich people go bat shit crazy or live a life without love because money was the center of their world. Money is the root of all evil.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
I understand the fear of going into the unknown and going after the career you REALLY want and leaving the career that you have become familiar with. I’ve been in the medical field for 2 1/2 years and i’m good at what I do. As we know, the medical field is thought of as the most secure career and that’s what has kept me there. Honestly I no longer enjoy it and i’m choosing my personal happiness over any false security or shitty paycheck a job can give me. Money can’t buy happiness, happiness is only brought upon by my choices for my life.
This may be a shocker (or not really) but I have an interest in journalism. I will be exploring that option now and i’m happy about it. Job security and money will no longer be my ball and chain. I’d rather live a happy existence doing what I love and letting the positivity, opportunities, and blessings roll in. The way I see it is if i’m going to get a shitty paycheck i’d rather it be from something I love to do! And even if journalism doesn’t work out, it will only lead me closer to what I am meant to do.
So what career would you choose just based off of personal happiness? What holds you back from going after your dreams? Do you feel job security even exist anymore? Comments are loved and respected.
Evolution is in progress..