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Some people are too serious and stiff. They don’t really know how to let loose and have fun. I see people my own age trying to find jobs and become this “mature adult”. We’ve still got time, guys. Slow down and relax. Have fun. Enjoy the time you have now and worry about all that serious stuff later. We’re still young.
Everybody wants to be successful. They’re so worried that they’ll fail that they try to model themselves after people they view as “successful”. Sometimes the people who seem successful, aren’t really happy with themselves. They don’t really view themselves as successful. Working hard is a good thing. Yet, why do we work at things that we don’t really want? Why can’t we just let go of the idea that success is making a lot of money and having a big house? Success is finding something you like and making a job from it, whether it’s a well-paying job or not. Your job should be something you enjoy. It should be fun. Let go of the idea that success is being rich. Because it’s not.
In 6th grade, we were taken into the computer lab to go onto a certain website. On the website, you had choices on how you wanted to live your life in the future. Things such as: “Do you want a house or an apartment?” “Do you want to eat out a lot or have TV dinners?” “Do you want to go out with friends a lot or spend time at home alone?” Of course everybody wanted the first ones. They sounded like more fun! When you got to the end, however, you were asked to pick the career that you wanted. Unfortunately, the teaching career that I chose told me that I wouldn’t have the money to do any of those things. It was a huge disappointment so I went back and chose a different career. I chose to be an anesthesiologist. It was the last thing on earth I wanted to be, but it was the highest paying job. When I chose it, the website told me I would be able to pay for everything and on top of that have almost $10,000 to spend on whatever I wanted.
The thought of living so comfortably was nice, but it took me until now to realize that I don’t want a high paying job if I’m not going to have fun doing it. I want to have a job that makes me happy. I can still do all those fun things; I don’t care what that website said. Just because a teaching job pays less, doesn’t mean it will keep me from doing the things I want. I just have to be careful with my money. That’s something I’m willing to do in order to have a job that I enjoy. I don’t want to be stiff and serious. I want to let go and have fun. I want to enjoy my life and live it to its fullest no matter what path I choose to walk. Whether I become a teacher, an artist, or a registered nurse, I will have fun doing my job because I trust myself to pick a future that is happy and bright. No stiffness included.
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