When you have a job, you often catch yourself complaining about it. Work is often stressful, sometimes tedious, frequently unappreciated, and rarely well-compensated. Work creates constraints in your life. Instead of doing the things you’d like to be doing, you’re behind a desk responding to emails and trying to be cheerful even when people aren’t particularly nice (or even decent) to you.
And yet, having a job is still really, really great.
A job means structure. You know exactly what you’re doing every day, and you don’t have the option of sleeping in and watching Netflix instead. A job creates meaning. You have responsibilities that matter, and you are contributing to society. A job often leads to relationships. You meet new people, learn to work with a diverse group of colleagues, and, sometimes, make a friend. A job also gives you a paycheck. Enough said.
Today’s application is for a local part-time job. I don’t want a part-time job; I want a full-time job. I have to be somewhat flexible, though, so I’m applying for this even though it is not perfect.