This post on my Tumbler feed really spoke to me. I hate my job, and would love to do something – anything – else that I would actually enjoy doing, but I could not earn the salary or , more importantly, get the benefits that I have anywhere else (without going back to college.) I would be perfectly happy having a job with no supervising responsibilities, no customer service responsibilities, where I could just work on stocking shelves, or record keeping, or caring for animals, or organizing people’s home or offices, or a million other things I’m more suited for and interested in. But in order to earn what I want/need to, I have to do jobs that make me miserable. I’m not saying different careers shouldn’t pay differently (a Doctor SHOULD get more money than a retail clerk,) but everyone deserves to earn a living wage for what they do.
“It’s legitimately fucked how people view labor in the modern age. I’m Happy stocking shelves, why does that mean I shouldn’t make enough money to live? Don’t you think we should be cultivating a workforce that’s happy to do the things they want? Do you want a doctor whose only working for his paycheck & not out of an actual urge to help others? Do you want the garbagemen who keep your city clean to live impoverished because they’re not bootstrapping hard enough? Every single American institution is working backwards to solve problems that could easily be solved with compassion and empathy.”
“The way in which I’ve been pushed into fields that I don’t want to do and away from fields that I want to do is disgusting and I absolutely hate it. You want me to do law? You’re going to get one more lawyer who’s just there for the money. You want me to do medicine? You’re going to get one more doctor who treats patients like items on a list. And what can I do? The alternative is not being able to live comfortably because I chose to do something I like doing. I hate this so much that I cannot express it fully in any given form.”