Keep your head up

I think that due to the recent recession, a lot of people’s goals in life were slightly placed on hold. Some people are at dead end jobs that seem like a waste of time. Some people are unemployed and are trying to make ends meet. Everyone seems to be having a hard time doing something these days. I am no exception since I am also having some problems as well.

I’m sure that there are a lot of people who are out of the job right now. My company recently let go about fifty employees. There were news that they were going to lay off some people but some of the people that were let go came to as a shock for me. Some of the people had years of service with the company. I spoke with one employee about a computer problem only to find out that she was let go a few minutes later. It’s pretty quick how things can change.

A lot of students expect to find themselves a good job as soon as they finish post secondary but that’s not always the case. When I graduated from Mohawk in October 2005, I was working as a security guard at the Hamilton Public Library. It took me two years of applying before I landed the job that I’m at now. My patience and persistence certainly paid off in the end.

When I was twenty five years old, I working in security which had nothing to do with what I went to school for. It was a job that was paying my bills and I accepted it. I wasn’t motivated to find a job in I.T because I was already working. I didn’t feel the need to find another job since I already had a job. It wasn’t until I started hanging out with a few guys, whom all were not working that I felt the need to do something about it. Between the ages of twenty five until twenty eight, I must have worked at three different places, four if you include my current job. But I had to go from job to job before landing the good job.

Even thought I have a good job, I still compare myself to others. I’m the one with the good job but I don’t have anything to show for it either. My two younger brothers both have new cars and I’m driving around in a car that’s slowly falling apart. And yes, I feel kind of bad for not having anything nice to show for it but on the other hand, I am saving in a way. Comparing yourself to others doesn’t necessarily have to be bad. Once you’ve realized that they’re doing better, you have to find the motivation to do just as good. If others aren’t motivating you, you have to be a self motivator and get to it.

Right now, it’s hard going to work and attending part time school. It’s hard to get out of work and head to school. The work hour has already made you tired and you want to go home to relax. No one can tell you what to do so you have to tell yourself to get to school and keep going. I’ve always had to rely on myself to do the motivating because I was always doing something that others weren’t. I had to take summer school while others are out having fun. I was staying in and saving money while others are out at the casino gambling their money away. I’m hoping that all of this hard work will pay off in the end. Although I’m already working at a good job, there is always room for improvement. There’s no telling where my degree will take me.

I had to work hard to get where I am today and I’m proud of all the hard work that I’ve done. There are people who got to where they are now because of connection but I’m not too fond of them. They got the easy way out but there’s nothing that you can do to change that. Since I work hard to get here, I have peace of mind knowing that I got to where I am by earning it. I respect people who earn what they have.

To all of my friends who are down right now, I say to you to keep your head up. The storm is over now and the sun’s going to be shining soon. It’s only a matter of time before things start going your way. Rant, whine or complain all you want about how well others are doing but keep in mind that you need to do something about it than just bicker. People will boast about their accomplishment because it’s human nature to brag. I don’t like bragging about my accomplishment but you have to realize that some people do not even know that they’re doing it. You have to try and hold back any anger that you feel towards them and just move on.