Stop Doing Shit You Hate
If I were to go to my Facebook feed, nearly everyone I know is stuck in a job they hate, waiting to cheer on Friday while sucking down some coffee and trying to figure out how to sneak another day in between Saturday and Sunday just so they won’t have to go back to that job again. I mean it, there’s kind of an epidemic of general unhappiness lately. And it’s not very pretty. And it’s not just on Facebook, but in person as well. Whenever I meet up with a friend or call someone and ask how they’re doing, I get an onslaught of all the same complaints. Now, I’m not saying people shouldn’t complain — complaining definitely serves a purpose. But as they rant about everything in their life making them so unhappy, I can’t help but wonder — why oh why do you keep doing things you hate?
Why keep going to a job you hate, to take orders from a supervisor you hate, to make money for a company you hate? Why sign up to do favors you hate for people? Why do you keep doing the things you hate?
Okay, I know, I know. Some of it comes down to money. If you don’t go to that job you hate, then there’s a chance you might not be able to pay rent that month. But let’s get real here for just a moment, m’kay? Being afraid of missing your rent is no reason to stay stuck doing things you hate in a life you hate. It’s just not.
Now, I’m not saying go out there tomorrow and quit your job. I understand you have bills to pay — I have bills to pay, too! And yes, there are times when I have had to suck it up, bite the bullet, and do something I didn’t like just to make sure I could pay those bills.
But what I am saying is that if you wake up every day hating just about everything you do, then it’s time to start making some changes, don’t you think? Hate your job? Time to start looking for a new one. It’s true, finding a new job might not be all that easy — especially with all the financial stress happening in the economy right now. No one really knows what’s about to happen. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start the process. Get out there and decide on what your dream job is, then figure out what you need to do to get it. Do you need to go back to school? Update your resume? Snag an internship?
Or maybe you don’t even want another job — maybe you want to write a novel. Or open up your own restaurant. Heck, maybe you’ve always wanted to open up a cupcakery just for the chance to win some money on Cupcake Wars. Whatever your dream is, if you’re not working toward it, then you’re wasting time.
And don’t stop at the job hunt — take a good long look at yourself and think for a minute — is there a habit that you have that you hate? It doesn’t matter what it is, if it’s something you hate, then start looking for a way to change it. No one is going to change it for you. And the chances of you waking up one morning and realizing that you don’t hate it anymore are pretty slim.
Now, I know what you’re going to say. This is all easier said than done, right? Of course, it’s easy for me to tell you to get out there and make all these changes — I don’t necessarily know your life. And if all these changes don’t work out, I’m not the one who will suffer the consequences. Right?
Well, you’re right. I’m not the one who will suffer the consequences if these things don’t work out. But using that fear that they might not work out is still no reason to stay stuck doing all these things you hate instead of trying to figure out how you can do something you love.
It may take stepping out of your comfort zone. In fact, scratch that — it will take stepping out of your comfort zone. Because your comfort zone is what got you stuck right now. Change is hard, I get it. Even the smallest changes can feel like monsters. And changes that we know are going to be good for us can be difficult to go through. Change is always going to feel uncomfortable and overwhelming at first. So don’t think about all the big changes you want to make.
Instead, just start with the small ones: start with that list of steps you need to take to reach your goal. Start with step one, and just do that one for right now. You can always work on step two tomorrow.
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