Thursday, May 20, 2010

When I grow up...

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.


Kerri said...

I used to hate that question too. I remember having to write an essay during my senior year in high school about where I'd be 10 years later. 28 seemed sooo far away back then. Honestly, I think it's also silly that you have to choose a college & a major at 17-18 years old too. It's just too young to know what you want to do with your life, hence the reason I transferred colleges & switched majors. Any idea what you'd want to go back to school for?

I'm with you, though- I've got to find something I really love/want to do when I go back to work (hopefully not for a couple more years though!). I'm certainly not going back to what I was doing before Camden was born.

Anonymous said...

I hated that question too. I don't think you are the only one. I went to college, it was that or get a job. I have the pretty, expensive piece of paper and my job is nothing near what my degree is in :)

chocoholic said...

I graduate from college this fall. People ask me, so what did you go to school to be?

Ummmm................well my degree is in creative and professional writing.

Honestly? I always wanted to marry a rich man (not happening!), volunteer a lot and throw parites. Since thats not happening I need to think of a new plan!

The Mrs. said...

crap. I wrote you a comment but the captcha didn't go through. poopstick.

At 27 I do not know what to do. Hubby has a great job, because the Marine Corps gave him the skills he needs to succeed. (He is a federal police officer, they required a degree or 4+ years in the military) and he can go to school because of the GI bill. I however, wanted to be a chef, I took culinary arts in h/s and then I went to college to become a pilot. I was nearing the end of the required pilot courses, and I had a seizure. I can't have a seizure and be a pilot. All my college courses were useless then. I took the fun courses first to keep me interested. So, now I want to be a mom, and when the girls are older, something else. But I don't know, I have great ideas but don't follow through. So, hopefully I figure it out soon!

Laury Ann said...

I hated this question too for the same reasons...I had NO idea. I took half a year off and mooched off my parents til them made me get a J-O-B...I gained some weight after HS from doing nothing, then started working out again, got a job at a rehab center in a gym...and viola...few years later became a trainer. I regret not finishing college, but I couldn't really afford to stay in there, had to work, and luckily I figured out what I wanted to do..was able to get my credentials in a year, with additional continuing ed a few times a year....but I can I want to go BACK to school because I'm still not 100% satisfied with "what I want to be when I grow-up" at age 28.

JoJo said...

Haha I'm still waiting to win the lottery. I'm a big dreamer too!
Beautiful family the slide-show:-)


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