I always said that if I made X amount of dollars, I would do A,B, and C.
I would 1) Pay off all my student loans, 2) create a nest egg and maybe retire early, 3) enjoy life.
I remember being 23 and pregnant, stocking shelves at a Target hating all the customers around me and just wishing my life was “THERE” already. That place where you’ve already made it, where you don’t have to worry about money or bills and where life doesn’t feel like a struggle anymore.
I hate to admit it but “THERE” doesn’t exist. You never really get to “THERE” All you have is right now, right “HERE” And if you don’t take a moment to be happy with what you have now, you’ll always be feeling perpetually unhappy and lacking. Happiness is a choice.
Now I make X amount of dollars and I also work with customers that are in the top 5% of earners in our country. You would think they would act more civilized, have children that are well behaved and be overall less LOst in The SaucE. Nope, just as crappy as the Target customers who couldn’t take the time to put the ice cream back in the freezer section when they decided they didn’t want it anymore.
I’ve been feeling a bit down about my job because of this. Like “God, this my life forever. There’s no escaping how crappy people are.”
The best things to do when you’re feeling like this is think about your life in this order:
- Think About The Past: 10 years ago, I was 18 and just graduating high school with now idea what was going to happen in my life. I was working at an Auntie Annes pretzel shop with customers yelling at me and throwing pretzels at me if I didn’t get an order right. I’d like to say I’ve come a long way.
- Think about the Future: In 10 years I probably won’t be working at this place, dealing with the BS. I’ll be working somewhere else and dealing with other BS. Or hopefully on my way to part-time work or self employment. Most likely I won’t have to work with these people I’m working with now.
- Think About The Now: My job pays my bills, allows me to save. It’s time well spent on my resume. I have 401K match, so free money! I have health insurance. My schedule isn’t the worst. I’m paid fair market rate for my role.
Now having written this out, I already feel better about all the problems I thought I had. To me that’s Gratitude, realizing that your problems aren’t really problems. Its LIFE. And everyone is living LIFE as best they can. We all have to work on being more grateful and being happier. Gratitude is the key to happiness. Gratitude is the best attitude to have.