Thirty years ago, my grandparents took whatever jobs were necessary to provide for their families. My grandma worked in the hospital, cleaning up linens, and my grandpa worked in the steel mills. They both worked long hours doing laborious work and were paid little. Yet, I live in a world of young people who think that everyone gets their dream jobs and won’t settle for anything else.
Let’s be real for a minute: My dream job is napping and eating pizza while getting paid millions to do so. That is never going to happen. My more realistic dream goal is to be a novelist, which is probably not going to happen either. But here’s the thing about that: I will work whatever job I need to make sure my bills get paid. A lot of my peers are so set on their dream jobs that they end up neglecting a lot of their obligations and honestly waste a lot of time waiting for a job to fall into their laps. Right now, I basically only have to concentrate on my car payment and insurance, and I work in a pharmacy to make ends meet. I don’t love working there, but I love having money so I do what I have to do.
The difference between my grandparents’ generation and mine is that a lot of kids are now being raised with the belief that the world owes them something. The world owes you nothing. I do not doubt that my grandparents hated their jobs, but they had nine mouths to feed. I’m surrounded by a lot of spoiled people who want a job to be placed in their laps, but they want to be paid $20/hour for less than strenuous activities, when my grandpa made a small fraction of that to sweat his butt off in a mill.
So while I’m all for hoping that you get a good job that you love, I’m also aware of the fact that I’ll need to sometimes settle to make ends meet. Sorry to crush your dreams, but not everyone gets that job that they’ve dreamed of.