A woman in the neighbourhood was telling me how she dropped out of high school after the 10th grade to work an easy job that paid $18 per hour back in the late 1980s. I would have dropped out in the 7th grade for that kind of money. Her story made me envious and pissed off. After barely graduating high school in the late 1990s I attained a shitty job as a retail clerk that paid me $7 an hour. $18 an hour would have changed my life even during that time. I didn’t make $18 an hour until 2012.
$18 an hour straight out of high school would have changed my life financially but maybe more so on a psychological level. I would have advanced on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs — my fears and anxieties would have subsided to a large degree. My outlook, self-esteem, level of kindness and how I would have navigated life would have changed completely.
I came out of high school after the tail end of an era of good money for easy, entry level work. Like many others with a loser mentality I had a resistance to change due to fear and denial. While many of my peers touted post secondary education as a must I told myself I would eventually find the slack off union job of my dreams. We were both right and wrong. You don’t necessarily need to attain post secondary education but the union job idea was probably not so good either.
Failure to adapt makes you unfit for survival according to that Darwin character. The generational attitudes before me molded a belief in me that I would pick up where they left off and have my time on the gravy train. When you have hope that you might have easy options available to you then you’re much less likely to sign up and endure the more difficult ones even if they’re more rewarding. Because death or starvation is not imminent for most young adults, many have decided to look for excuses to avoid doing what probably needs to be done.
This country is corrupt.
Why work so hard when climate change is going to destroy us anyway.
It’s not my fault I’m poor.
The baby boomers ruined it for the rest of us.
It’s not fair.
Your beliefs will shape your outcome. Be careful of what you believe. Just because you believe something it doesn’t necessarily make it even remotely true. It might make you nothing but an extreme fool. It’s difficult to convince anyone of what they don’t want to believe — only reality will.
“Thank you very much for your love and support. I don’t know English. I can only use translation software to read your comments. I’m an ordinary person in rural China. I’m very glad to meet you. I’ll try my best to send some more wonderful videos later. I love you.”
Women all over the world want to date him. American men want to befriend him. Political pundits believe he is the key to settling the trade war between China and America. Chinese social media has banned him but the world will always find a way to get what it wants.
He’s garnered enough flattering comments for a giant to live off of for the rest of their life.
“Not all heroes wear capes”
“America has no answer to this”
“Are you looking for a wife? I’m available”
When you’re this great, even the racist westerners don’t care if you don’t speak English and they won’t tell you to go back home to China. He’s often referred to as “King.”
There’s a lesson here. When you’re the complete opposite of a wussy the universe will open up to you. People do not like chickens. Women do not get excited by wussy men.
His fans are urging him to monetize his greatness but he doesn’t know how to, he says. I’m sure he’ll figure it out or someone else will for him. People are scared for him though. His new found fame may drive him to push his limits of copious alcoholic liquid consumption.
Hard times create strong men, Strong men create good times, Good times create weak men, Weak men create hard times.
The last 30 minutes was spent eating Doritos, drinking half a can of Coca-cola and watching YouTube videos. I’m procrastinating practicing piano using the ultimate human excuse of, I don’t feel like it right now. If you only do things when you feel like it then you’ll probably end up never doing anything unless you believe you have to.
The one job that I applied for in the last 4 years appears not to be interested in my interest. Before I left my last job my manager said I was “rehireable” or if I wanted I could work Saturdays only. Some would say ‘why not?’ just work one day a week. I say that’s a wuss move that would be indicating I’m too fearful to completely let go and bet on myself.
I’m entertaining the idea of making it my life’s purpose to never work a job again or at least not a full-time one. My life would be ‘easy’ if I attained full-time employment but I’d live and die like the billions of other chumps who dedicated their entire lives to comfort and fitting in. If I have a tombstone after my death I’d like it to read:
‘No job since 2015. Go fuck yourself.’
What will I do myself with no job or child to raise? The reality of life is that evolution does not care about your life. We’re all tools for progress. In order to feel alive you always need to be working towards something or risking towards something. And then you get to die.
The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.