In your senior year of high school everybody has the same question to ask you.
What do you want to do after high school?
To me this was sooo annoying. How are you supposed to know at 17 what you want to do for the rest of your life?
I'm 28 and I still don't know. Can't I just win the lottery?
So after high school I did nothing. Seriously. Nothing. For over a month I just mooched off of my parents with no plans or career in sight.
Then my dad made me get a job. Either that or move out. If he hadn't made me get a job I would've coasted along as long as I could.
Its not like I could move out or anything. I didn't have any money, so I couldn't pay rent anywhere. And I didn't have a car, partly due to my lack of job.
So I did the most convenient thing I could think of. I got a job at Wendy's, making $5.50 an hour. Eventually I also got a car, which I had until a couple of months ago. (Read about that here).
But as far as future plans went, I had none. I still didn't know what I wanted to do. I did know I didn't want to work at Wendy's forever, but that was it.
After forever (like almost five years) of working at Wendy's, I finally quit. I moved on to a boring accounting position at the City of Benson. It was sooo boring. Not challenging, not enough work to fill the day, no a/c, people talked crap behing your back a lot. But it did have good health insurance, which I was grateful for when I got pregnant with Alana.
After I had Alana I quit working outside my home altogether. No more boring job. No more listening to dumb people complain about stuff they didn't understand. I had to deal with dumb people at both jobs, so I was so grateful when I was finally done with that.
I know that someday I will have to return to the workplace. But I don't want to go back to a dead-end job that doesn't pay anything. I don't want to listen to people complain about their gas bill or their hamburger. I don't want to have to touch raw hamburger all day. Or answer questions about why the mayor made someone's gas bill too high that month. (People seriously said that).
So my only alternative is to go back to school. To do something where I don't make minimum wage. Then after I am qualified to do a job that makes more than minimum wage, David can go back to school.
So we can buy a house someday and own more than one car. And do luxury stuff, like buy groceries and pay the electric bill. We dream big.