This is provided that you actually CAN, of course, as factors such as disability prevent many people from being able to work and look after themselves, but this post is not about those people. This post is about the people who "just want to travel the world!", but don't want to pay for it. We all know at least one of them.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say we weren't born to work and pay bills. Yes, you were. You were also born to live life to its fullest, to make great memories, and to hopefully be a good person, but you don't have to any of those things if you really don't want to. But, if you want to stay alive, you have to work. There is no way around it.
Now that you have that in mind, you have two choices: find a job you enjoy, or find things you enjoy within your job. I work at a fast food restaurant, and I love it, as I have shared before. Sure, there are downsides to it, as there is with any job. Working with food is messy and stressful; so is working with customers. Having so many co-workers - many of which are still teenagers - can also have its ups and downs, but I will never not love my job, and not be immensely grateful to have it.
If you can't get a job that you love for whatever reason, then you need to start looking for the good parts in the one you have, because I promise you there will be something you like about your job. My job has great hours, it's close to home, I adore my co-workers, I've met some really unique customers (I even have some favourites - shh!), and it's not a particularly gruelling job physically.
Also, last but not least - and everyone with a job can say this reason as well - it enables me to live. The fact that I have a job means I can pay my bills, eat food, buy myself something nice, and keep a roof over my head. If that's not something you're grateful for, then you need to sort out your priorities. There is good in everything, you just have to seek it out.
I wrote this post after a particularly crazy day at work where we didn't realise it was going to be so busy, and we were understaffed. I was rushing to and from multiple areas trying to serve customers, make drinks, and hand out orders. I was stressed and exhausted and a million degrees, but for every few customers, one would say how I am doing such a great job during the rush, and that would make it all better. They'd probably forget all about it by the time they got to their table, but it meant a lot to me, and it always does.
There is no point wasting time and energy hating something that you can't change, and the fact that you do have to work and pay bills is something you can't change. Where you work and what bills you pay are two things that you have some control over, but the end result is still the same. Sure, sometimes we'd all rather stay in bed for that little bit longer, or spend the day outside inside of cooped up inside the same four walls, but it's those difficult moments that make you appreciate the other moments so much more. It's the hard work that makes the rewards taste so sweet.
Besides, no matter how many times I struggle to open my eyes when my first alarm goes off, I know that if I didn't have this job, I would miss it so much. I would miss the interesting customers from all over the world, I would miss my favourite co-workers who always make me laugh, and I would miss that feeling of knowing that I am doing something to contribute to my own future and wellbeing. I'm sorry, but you were born to work and pay bills - but you were born to do a whole lot more, too.
Until next time,