Hey guys! I hope all of you are going to have a [email protected]$$ Labor day today (Labour for my Canadian readers)!
I have a few things that I'd like to point out about Labor day:
- Summer is over 🙁
- You should be doing everything you can NOT to work right now
- Today is actually about higher quality of life
Let's not get into the history of Labor day, because quite honestly it's boring as crap. But I DO want to share some thoughts I have about working. Enjoy:
Obviously, my life has changed a ton over the past year. I've had a lot of people that have been following this whole blogging project from the beginning. If you were with me then, I'm shocked you stuck around because I was horrible at it haha. 🙂
Last year I was a band director. That sounds pretty cool, right? Wave your hands in front of the kiddies and make beautiful music? Well…not really in my case.
One of the main reasons I went into band directing was because I listened to other people's opinions too much. I was really good at music, so I had people tell me that it was what I needed to do. I was undecided on a major when I went into college, and originally wanted to do either business (ironic), or communications (super ironic).
But, I didn't follow through on either one of those. I actually was undeclared for a year, and then changed colleges and moved to San Antionio because enough people convinced me that music was what I needed to do.
It wasn't their fault that I chose the wrong career. It was mine. They were just trying to help honestly.
So, three years after graduating I was freaking miserable. I didn't really want to be a band director in my heart of hearts…but I convinced myself to do it anyways.
I'm sure a lot of you are in the same place
I have to be careful about the advice I give about jobs on this site. Last year I quit my teaching job for a site that literally wasn't doing anything (and still has a long way to go). I don't feel super comfortable telling you to quit your job and make the proverbial “leap of faith” like I did.
I'll say this though: If you aren't happy with your career path right now, you need to do something else. That doesn't mean tomorrow, or even this year.
Life is too short. There's not any other way to put it. We get one shot. One. Then you die. You need to enjoy the work that you do along the way. I can guarantee you that the increase in quality of life is 1000% worth it.
Today, in 2016, there is absolutely no reason you should sit around rotting in a career that isn't fulfilling. The internet has given us this incredible ability to have access to more information than anyone has EVER had. Use it.
I'm not even talking about blogging or starting an Etsy shop. I'm saying that there are job boards, online education, social media channels, etc. If your job is a dead-end job, or won't eventually give you the life you want…start planning and use the incredible tools available to you!
Get your money right. Tackle the debt. Get rid of that need for a specific level of income. Then start making a plan to do something that you'll enjoy every day. Start the side hustle, start networking, start updating the resume. Doesn't matter what it is, just start.