I must be kidding, right? The bright side of underemployment? Read on.
|I don't believe it!|
Life has its moments where it exerts more effort than usual to bury you in a grave and sit on top of it for extra good measure. Unemployment/ Underemployment may or may not fall under that category but to some people it certainly does. Like me. Now I can bore you with the details of how I graduated from college, graduated from grad school with a Master’s Degree, and went abroad to gain international experience, but I won’t because you’re not a potential employer. (If you are please email me. I’m quite the amicable person. ^_^)
My story mirrors many others and, although I cannot speak for every unemployed/underemployed twenty-something in this new brave world of ours, I believe we’re tired of explanations of how the government, the economy, meritocracy, or capitalism failed us. We are ready to change the rules of an old game or maybe we are ready to introduce a new game altogether.
Now, you might say, “Well, you wouldn’t be having problems finding a job if you majored in (insert math, science, or technology specialty here).” True. I swapped a high demand sector for an area that seduced my passions and strong desire to bring happiness to the most people possible. I have no regrets for the choices I’ve made and do not intend to cultivate regrets somewhere along the passage of time. I have my education, my mind, and a vision for the future. I cannot go wrong unless I willfully sabotage myself.
My status: underemployed. I managed to secure a part time teaching at a community college and an international school located in a small liberal arts college tucked in the middle of a pine forest. The latter offered me free room and board so I leaped on it and moved out of my home to a single dorm room where I would share a bathroom and shower with six other females. I’ve moved three times before so I’m comfortable with the change and although not ideal, the bathroom situation bothers me very little. I’m grateful for the personal space to write, which will be my focus for the next threw months: writing and editing.
I’m thankful, thankful, thankful for what I have now because many more have it worse than I do. Of course, I had moments of panic about how to pay pending and impending bills, but I repeated my mantra for worry detox: Stop worrying. It does not help the situation. Worrying won’t make God have more pity on you and throw a golden bone on your lap this instant. So stop. Just stop it. I repeat it several times and I feel better. I feel grateful. In the midst of my gratitude, I thought about all the gems that unemployment/ underemployment offers. Here’s what I came up with in my own personal journey:
You have more time to think about your life, where you want to go, and who you want to be. (Reflections, reflections!)
You can work on and improve your spiritual life.
You have more time to work on projects that usually would be left undone or neglected. (I revitalized this blog and my writing during my unemployment period.)
You can spend more quality time with your family and friends (if you’re smart about it).
|Went down memory lane: awesome friends and family|
|from highschool, college, grad school, and Korea|
You appreciate your family and friends more.
You can appreciate the necessities you’ve taken for granted.
You can take a break from the rat race to refocus and re-envision your life.
You appreciate five dollars a lot more than before. (OMG, I’m rich! *tears* T_T << My reaction when finding five dollars in my wallet. Shows you how much I look in there.)
You budget more intelligently because you’re forced to do so. (Bye bye wasteful, meaningless purchases. You do not NEED that. This is still a toughie for me but I have come a long waaaaaay. Trust me.)
You have more hope and anticipation of what’s to come because you believe it will be better than right now.
|"Oh, the places you will go." ~Dr. Seuss|
How about you? If you’ve ever endured unemployment/underemployment, what would you add to the list?
Thanks for reading,