Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.
Day 89’s Topic: Working is a privilege.
There is a particular part of the blogging world I find myself reading all the time – unemployment.
Unemployment used to be a very embarrassing topic for me to discuss. In large part, this blog’s creation stemmed from unemployment. Being jobless after college graduation made me feel like the worse person in the entire world because of the various depression symptoms that bogged my mind down.
I literally became overly sensitive, weak, unmotivated, blah, blah and blah. Throw every negative adjective, descriptor or unhealthy emotion my direction in regards to unemployment, and chances are I probably experienced each one in droves.
That’s the thing about not having a job. You literally feel like you aren’t contributing toward anything other than feeling like a bum. It’s more than getting a paycheck every few weeks. It’s about that sense of self-respect you can only attain from putting in a hard day’s amount of work, and the real payoff is knowing that it’s the right thing to do.
I guess browsing through people’s blog posts about being unemployed, and having a sincere sense of empathy toward how they are all respectively feeling, makes me want to help others who have been in the same boat as I have. Perhaps I wish I could do more than just toss around some platitudes of, “It will be all right” or “Just keep trying,” as words can only do so much.
Because, believe me, I have been there. I have had to live in my parents’ basement for a long time because I couldn’t afford to pay any rent or buy my own groceries elsewhere. You feel like a big baby, and you wonder when your life will ever be truly independent when things don’t seem to be improving each day.
After all, to me, working is a privilege.
I bring up this topic about unemployment because something annoying happened at work the other day.
You see, the restaurant I work at is trying to promote me into a full-blown assistant cook/eventual cook, so we needed to hire a new dishwasher to replace me at the dish pit. The new dishwasher came in for one day, only had to work for like four hours and didn’t really leave that much of an impression at all when his shift was over.
Like, I am a quiet person in real life, but this guy was SUPER quiet.
Anyway, at first, I thought it was whatever. Maybe I am judging the guy unfairly? I don’t know his whole story yet. I know what it’s like when people don’t give me a chance to open up, so maybe this guy will prove his worth?
Pff, little good that did. The guy literally does not show up to his shift after the weekend was over, didn’t call or text a reason why, so he instantly forfeited his job and wasted a lot of time.
This guy essentially screwed up the system, but things are turning out fine again. The restaurant ended up hiring another dishwasher to replace the guy who was supposed to replace me at the dish pit position. I think this newer dishwasher will be more suitable and ideal for the job.
So yeah, I don’t know why the dishwasher guy left like that, but it was a really lame move on his part to pull that. Yeah, it’s a dishwasher gig. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a J-O-B.
This is coming from someone who experienced real starvation for the first time in his life. So trust me. Having some kind of income flowing in is better than not having any money is better than nothing.
Basically, this dishwasher who left his job high and dry really annoyed the crap out of me. There are literally so many people out there who would love to have any kind of occupation to call their own to make ends meet.
There are people with tons of bills and debts to pay off, a family to feed and so forth. And then you get this dishwasher guy who walks away from his newly acquired job like it’s no big deal.
I wish establishments gave out jobs to the more deserving people, but it’s so odd to think that places just have a penchant for hiring these soulless individuals who could walk out the doors at any moment because they just felt like it.
Bleh, I don’t really want to go into a huge rant over this. I have my views about why I think working is such a privilege.
So to those of you who are suffering from unemployment, don’t give up. If you truly want to escape the hell that is unemployment, you have to prove you want the job(s) more than the next person.
Keep trying. Something will always turn up. It just sometimes takes awhile. A long while …
It just takes time, usually.
“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction