Tuesday, February 22, 2011

grinding away

This girl has some lofty ambitions. And all of them center around not having to work anymore. I would love to be able to wake up each day when I want, decide what I want to do. Maybe I'd write, maybe I'd read an entire book, maybe I'd kill three hours shopping for things I don't need, or maybe I'd watch an America's Next Top Model marathon. It doesn't really matter what I do, it matters what I don't have to do anymore. No more job, no more looking for a job: the perfect scenario.

But I've realized that you have to work hard to do nothing. You have to work hard and long enough in your job that you can get raises and promotions and have enough money to quit and live off savings. You have to pursue someone who has enough money that your contribution is minuscule in comparison, and then push his 10 lb child out your vagina to secure him (or at least his child support payments). Or if you have a talent, you have to perfect your talent and go to auditions or submit your art and hope someone finds it good enough to pay you for it.

And sometimes, if you do not have a job, you still have to clean the house and make sack lunches and pick up and drop off kids and that is really not avoiding work at all, in my opinion. I want to avoid all work. Maybe I'll wipe the toilets down each Friday, but don't ask me for anything beyond that. I didn't say I didn't want paychecks anymore, I said I didn't want to work anymore. How young is old enough to retire?

You know I've been reading about astrology lately, and here's what my sign says about my relationship with my job:

When a Pisces is under stress, all you want to do is hide, hoping reality will disappear or magically mend itself. The last thing you need when you feel your nerves on edge are major obligations and responsibilities to others —Pisces does not like to be confined; especially when feeling vulnerable. Therefore one of the best healing tonics for you generally is just being alone and escaping the day-to-day stress grind.

Great! Where do I sign up? I'm ready for that.

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
~John Lennon

1 comment:

Karen F. said...

I seriously dream of winning the lottery ( nearly impossible as I don't buy the tickets) so that my husband doesn't have to work anymore either.

He works SO hard 6.5 days a week and gets no vacation or weekends, we own a restaurant and it's brutal.

I work part time, but enough to qualify for insurance, but if we were independently wealthy, that wouldn't be an issue either!

Dream On.........Aerosmith.