Is this Ok?
June 26, 2012 4:23 AM Subscribe
Does a young person have the responsibility to work full time hours even when there are no interesting prospects available?
posted by costanza to work & money (68 answers total)
I graduated in December with a B.A. I'm 24.
Here's my situation. I'm teaching piano lessons part time and unemployed the rest of the time. I LOVE doing the piano lessons; it's fun, inspiring, intellectually stimulating, relaxing yet challenging. It doesn't really feel like a job, though; these kids have busy schedules which I have to work around, i have to change the times nearly every week because of different things they're doing, and the parents don't always pay me right away.
Although I'm still looking, I haven't so far been able to find more than 8 hours a week of work doing this, so my plan is to work part time on the side (i'm living at home again, so that means i don't starve). I had a part time job during the spring that had perfect hours to fit in with the lessons I'm teaching. But that job didn't pan out and now I'm having trouble getting another part time position.
I feel like I am breaking some rule by not working full time. Obviously I'd like the cash that comes with 40 hours a week. On the other hand, whenever i've had to work that many hours in a week, I've felt drained and stifled (apart from one summer position I had working with teens, which made me jump out of bed in the morning). With the degree that I have, there are no interesting full time positions I could take on while at the same time being flexible enough to continue my piano teaching.
I've had quite a bit of spare time which I've been using for yoga classes, starting a singing group, visiting my friends and my grandmother, reading, walking, and spending lots of time with my new boyfriend. I'm trying to get involved in activism too. Eventually I will go back to school, but right now i`m still detoxing from an unhappy undergrad experience.
Does this seem like a bad way to spend my time? If you were me, would you be trying harder to find full time work even if it's work you're not very good at and don't really care about? The dreamer`s voice in my head says that I`ll never get this time back, to enjoy it because I`ll never be 24 and free like this again. But a meaner voice comes along and says I should be working my ass off because I`m young and need to prove myself to the world in some way. What do the wise helper-fairies of askmefi think?
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