You worked in the coal mine because that was what was readily available and possibly the only job during that time. Every era has its, “that’s what people did back then.”
The post-war economic boom era was the best. You worked some jerk-off job and it allowed an easy path to home ownership, acceptance and a comfortable life.
In more recent times there’s endless options but maybe none that are very desirable. If you were born around 1980 and after there’s a good chance you went to post secondary. School sucks as did the coal mine but “you do what you gotta do.”
I have mostly avoided all the available options thus far because I view things like a child. I never want to do anything that sucks or has a likelihood of sucking. I never really wanted to win. Every option to “get ahead” in my time was either a gruelling process or had horrible consequences. I know now if you want to succeed in life you just have to choose a path that offers success and accept the potential consequences. My game plan was to wait around for something wonderful to come into my life.
That’s not completely true. I had always thought that if I could land a job like the one I previously had I would be content. 40 hours a week, 20 something dollars an hour, benefits and no stress was my idea of succeeding. Sounds like someone was brainwashed by television sitcoms and blue collar family members. If I was living in the 70’s or 80’s then I may have been okay with it. A dollar doesn’t go very far these days and the novelty of a stable, secure job has worn off.
It’s always difficult to say what would have happened if you did this instead of that. To know for sure you would have to had lived both lives at the very same time. If I had been even semi-ambitious coming out of high school, chances are I would have got involved in the drug trade. Statistically it was my calling.
When I was 16, some friends in my group had dropped out and started a career in dope dealing. Not long after high school had ended many others had followed. The reality is that some people just aren’t fit for university and most don’t want to work for a shitty wage. At that time drug dealing was the thing to do.
Life has never really brought me closer to what I want to do. If anything it’s been more of a process of elimination showing me what I don’t want and can’t do.