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Jan 18, 2019 16:00:37

More than my Job

by @esjael | 294 words | 🐣 | 29💌

esjael

Current day streak: 0🐣
Total posts: 29💌
Total words: 10949 (43 pages 📄)

They say there's no shame in an honest day's work. I'm trying to take that to heart. I haven't worked in any of the fields I studied for almost two years now. I'm tens of thousands of dollars in debt for a couple degrees that have, so far, contributed nothing to my advancement.

The reality is that I'm far from alone. I work at a coffee shop where at least three other baristas also have their advanced degrees. We're not here because we're lazy; we all work at least two jobs to keep our heads above water. We are, through no fault of our own, chronically underemployed.

"Through no fault of our own." I can say that, over and over, but it sounds hollow every time. I was told that college was the golden ticket. If I studied and worked hard, I'd be guaranteed a fulfilling career. From the time I could speak, I have been asked what I wanted to be "when I grow up." As if to say, after childhood has passed, you are what you do to make money.

Maybe if I had been asked more questions like "what inspires you?" or "what do you want to do to be a better person?" it would be different. I could more easily take solace in the knowledge that I am a good person, or that life is full of fascinating things to fuel my curiosity and zest for life. Why don't we care enough to ask people about what lights up their souls? Why do we begin so many conversations with a question that immediately stifles the spirit? Every time, we're telling each other the same thing: you are defined by your thankless job, how you bring money in, and how much.

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    @esjael ooo... there must be this new feature that we are allowed to lose one day, as you didnt write yesterday and yet... still 15day streak
    which means we started the very same day! cool!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 19, 2019 19:01:21
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      @lucjah I've actually kept at it consistently, I think it may have shown an erroneous gap when I finally got around to correcting my time zone.
      That's really interesting that we started on the same day! What brought you to this challenge?

      esjael avatar esjael | Jan 19, 2019 14:22:30
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      @esjael ah yea, the timezone, it was an issue indeed

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 19, 2019 22:33:07
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      @esjael <<What brought you to this challenge?>>
      my husband ( @philh He has cool funny posts.. :-))) he just told me about the website and suggested we try, and i love it!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 19, 2019 22:35:09
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    @esjael and maybe add #underpaidroles
    actually there is a post exactly with that title Un(der)paid roles
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/un-der-paid-roles-47045c41e3a4e077f
    got so excited how clever he put the brackets, that just pasted it but havent read it LOL

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 19, 2019 18:43:39
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    @esjael

    Well what inspires you then?

    Abe avatar Abe | Jan 19, 2019 01:59:13
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      @esjael @abrahamKim yes, what?

      And... I like the way you write. It has a flow and a point, so, Thank you :-)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 19, 2019 18:39:54
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      @abrahamKim Not a bad topic for a future post, I suppose :)

      esjael avatar esjael | Jan 19, 2019 14:20:46
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