Sick of feeling like a rat in a maze
July 25, 2011 6:57 AM Subscribe
How did I go about making an awesome life and avoiding the rat race?
posted by snowysoul to society & culture (37 answers total) 96 users marked this as a favorite
Some useful information: I’m 22, a soon to be university graduate , working in downtown Toronto commuting 2 hours each way to a job I hate and will never want to do again in my life. However, the money for a student is amazing and it would not of been possible for me to go for Norway for a year without this job. I’ve sucked it up for the summer and done the best I could with what I had, and learned lots about what I DO NOT want in life in the process. That being said, I will be very happy to leave.
What drives me crazy is seeing lots of people who are fundamentally miserable with their lives and jobs, stuck commuting to a cubicle farm in a job they dislike, just for the sake of the money. I don’t want to be this person! I’m happiest living out of the city, surrounded by nature and loving family and community (I’m an outdoors lover at heart). In a perfect world, I would love to get into ecology or environmental sciences doing field work, either in the Arctic or with indigenous communities and environmental issues. I would also love to live in a small community somewhere rural, close to outdoor activities, travel like crazy, build an amazing family with my boyfriend (hopefully then husband), with lots of free time and a slower pace of life. From informational interviews, working for an academic and talking to people in my field I do know that a master’s at some point is pretty much mandatory (which I am super excited about!)
I fear that I will end up, due to my student loans ($45, 000) needing to live in an area I hate and sliding into the consumerist trap that is the GTA and the life of a cubicle dweller. I see people giving up spirituality, family time, personal wellbeing, passions and what seems like their whole being for the sake of a job and it scares me. My parents were also fundamentally miserable commuting to jobs they hated for the sake of money, and it had devastating impacts on my family.
So, my question as a soon to be university graduate, what can I do now and over the next couple of years to set myself up for a fantastic life? What do you wish you would of done differently when you graduated college and started the next part of your life? How do I best avoid the misery that I see in my office on a daily basis?
**I whole hardly understand that life likes to be crappy sometimes, and that things aren’t always the way you want them to be. Also, I do see that some people are happy with kind of lifestyle. The people I work with are miserable with it on a daily basis, and this type of life is not for me.***