This summer I am fortunate enough to have not one job, but two - one in retail and one as a receptionist.
And I just so happen to really love them both.
Yes, this is quite time consuming - 40 to 50 hours a week, actually. I'm not relaxing on a beach for the entire day or having all that much time to be alone or with friends.
I spend my days working with people- lots of them- which is draining for an introvert like myself. It's hard for me to find the energy to socialize beyond the workplace after spending eight consecutive hours talking to people.
No, I don't think that I'm "working too much", and I'm not going to apologize for being busy. One thing that I'm constantly working on is the concept that no one is entitled to anyone else's time. I am entitled to my own time and I am entitled to do whatever I want with it. This summer, I really like working. I actually find myself looking for excuses to spend more time at work (which may or may not have something to do with my house not having air conditioning…)
I don't view my jobs as a thing I go do just to make money, which I'm very grateful for. I'm excited to go to work, even if I sometimes come home tired and have to cancel plans.
My jobs are making me a better person and I'm not going to give that up. Every day I go to work, I feel my shy and timid nature diminishing. I'm (slowly) becoming more of an outgoing people person, which is a transformation I enthusiastically welcome.
So no, I won't leave my jobs in a few weeks for the sake of "having a real summer" before I go back to school. I love what I do and I love being busy. And, I do have to admit, having some extra cash for the upcoming semester is a pretty nice bonus too.
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