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If you lived in a cement box with an open top that had all you could ever need to survive, would you be happy?
An over-simplification, sure, but just because all that an animal may need is simulated does not mean he is fooled and content. And you are clearly not content.
I definitely understand your desire for a challenge or a drastic change, having been there many times myself. I looked into exchange programs or teaching English abroad for a little while and that fulfilled my antsy-ness, and then I went to college & kept myself mentally stimulated. I did 4 years at a university and got a job on-campus that I loved and is now my career (tech support) with no certifications. At 23, I don't think that's too bad. Right now I work in an office (cubicle-land) which I'm not too pleased about and never though I'd go for, but it allows me to live & someday I will rise up the chain and thrive.
I am very close to your age so please trust me when I say that life is not all "dead-end jobs". You have to find what you love and pursue it at all costs. When I was in college, I thought this was fulfilled by following my favorite anarchist/punk/folk/cabaret band around the East coast and moshing my heart out, and while that's fun, it's not productive. I am finding a lot more joy in challenging myself in an environment I am mildly uncomfortable in, than just rocking out. I hope that doesn't make it sound like I'm settling for something dull, but I am somewhat of an intellectual, so I find work fun.
I feel your pain. I'm older than you are (turning 30 in a few weeks) but I never had the caged up feeling until I had been Primal for a few weeks. Now I feel like I'm in a cage most of the time and on a leash the rest of the time. I haven't really sorted out what to do about it yet.
What are you passionate about? Try to do something that involves your passion. Now's the time to do this, before you get tied down by responsibilities. Your job/work does not necessarily need to be your passion. It can be strictly to support your passion. No one can figure out what you particular thing is. That's up to you.
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I enjoy the job I have; I work for a paper shredding company and regularly I get to lift and carry boxes and do sorts of manual labors. The other day I got to smash hard drives with a hammer, that was really fun!
it can get a little boring, but usually I'm in the office alone so I can do fun workouts like jumping jacks, lunges, squats, and stuff like that it helps lol
sometimes, my coworker throws some meat on the grill we have in the yard and we chow down, its great!
i know what you mean about wanting to fend for yourself. it would definitely be interesting! i was learning some survival skills earlier this year, and it was awesome
Join the military! If you do 4 years and survive that then you can complain... if you are really fit and want a challenge, then once you are in try out for some of the special forces. If you want it hard join the Marines or Army, easier...then Navy or Air Force. Of course depending on what you do in each branch will make a difference in how you are challenged!
I was much as you 40 years ago, only wasting away on drugs, joined the Air Force and never looked back until I did my 20 ...now I can complain!
^That's true, that would be a very intensive challenge, plus you get free college tuition out of the deal, but that is also a lot of time to invest and you don't really have any way out if you hate it. Then you're just miserable.
Better to just throw yourself out there and DO things, IMO. Fail while you can afford to do it! haha, not that it's a bad thing to fail ever, it just seems like it's easier to get away with it when you're young and your parents can (potentially) bail you out.
Not everyone is in dead-end jobs. Lots of jobs are rewarding. Just out of HS you have no experiences to help feed your ability to find out about yourself. Get a series of temporary or part-time jobs doing different things and throw yourself into each of them. Learn, learn, learn. Listen and watch what's going on around you - how each place you have a job in works. Ask questions of the older, more experienced staff or managers or owners. Socialize. Be curious and soak everything up. As you do this you will find some things you like and some things you don't like. You will learn if you are good with words, good with numbers, good with people, good with gadgets, whether you prefer working alone or with a team, whether you are creative - what kind of brain you have in that head.
Until you get some experiences under your belt, there is NO WAY to know what you yourself are all about. In this period of youth you are fairly certain you know yourself, but believe me you don't. So I say that's the first part of the life journey - find out who you are and what makes you happy.
I've seen that the dead-enders are the folks who don't want to give 100% of themselves. Those who purposefully hold back because goddamnit it's just a job working for someone else. Well, that attitude is the kiss of death. It's self-fulfilling - those are the schleps who never get promoted really high up because, well, why would you promote a whining, negative person who just shows up and obviously doesn't give a shit? Duh. With a more go-get 'em, let-me-at-it, I-can-do-it, give-me-more attitude, you will more likely be in upper management by your early thirties. So what? Well, it may not be for you, but you can be a drone who doesn't learn anything for 10-12 years, or you can be the superstar who moves quickly up the ladder and learns a shitload about yourself and the world in the same amount of time.
Then you can move on and start your own thing, go into a different field, etc. Also, you'll have the self-confidence that the drone never gets, and will have made lots of friends in the process. Learn from those around you. If you don't know anyone, then in addition to getting a job, get a hobby that involves being around active people you can learn stuff from.
The people who don't give, don't learn, don't care and don't participate are the ones who don't evolve and end up as stunted individuals. And the stunted individuals don't have the tools to help themselves do interesting things with their lives. I've seen it. Believe me, at 51 years old, I see in my peers those who are happy, and those who are miserable. And it's all self-inflicted. It's all choices that were made through the years.
I'm a teenager, just out of high school, and I'm looking for a job....
Also, just in case you didn't already know, college is for suckers. Thishere is my advice. Find something you like, find a mentor, and have him train you and study on your own. Or if you don't know what you want to do, then travel-teaching or a job in tourism is a great start. For example, teaching English in China, or getting a job in adventure and ecotourism in New Zealand (you'd be surprised how easy it is for youngsters to get cool jobs in New Zealand).
it is true that it is easy to get transient work in NZ.
first, you can get a work-holiday visa if you are under 30. this is an inexpensive visa, and then you can come over here and get all kinds of seasonal work. if you work at a YHA, you also get free housing and a fair bit of free food. It's a pretty sweet deal.
working in the tourism industry -- the adventure side of things -- you may have to gain skills. most places will train you on the job. other places want you to go to poly-tech and learn a bit before hand. courses are pretty cheap, so you can coffee-shop plus YHA and pay for yourself and your tuition (debt free). but most places will just train you.
there's another side of the coin, too, which is WOOFA -- working on organic farms for food and accomodation. It's a sweet deal, to be sure, as you can travel the entire world doing it. look it up online. you work for several days, usually living with a family who runs such a farm, and you gain skills and experience, AND then you can travel in between. I know lots of people who do this.
You do, generally, only need tourist visas for WOOFAing, but you might need work-holiday visas.
What else? oh, lots of things, i'm sure. Depends upon how safe you want to be.
However, I'm currently studying - but I don't know what to do once I'm out of school (in 4 years... I have time to figure it out).
Atm, I feel like I have no mission in life; I don't feel like I contribute with anything.
I love the feeling of having accomplished something. Just this weekend, my dad and I (mostly me, lol) finished up our horses' winter stable. Carpentry, laying the floor, cleaning etc.
Get a hobby; start a little project of your own. It doesn't have to be great, but make it something you will look at and think "Ah, I made that! ".
Save up money, go on a trip. Make it a mission to hitchhike through some country! That'll make every day a "fight" for your survival. I'm thinking of trying in Japan, myself! Been there once for three months, and people are NICE! That was with WOOFF, as mentioned above.
Take the trip to figure out if there's something you want to do!