New Day Job

I have a new job and hope it will work out. I need something flexible, close by, and that will utilize my skills. I was surprised that it came in the form of a consultant at a water filter installation company. This is not something I had envisioned for myself. However, any job can provide a challenge and opportunity for advancement, no matter the field. The position ticked off all my boxes and seemed perfectly suited to my goals right now. There is a training process during which you learn about various kinds of filtering systems for commercial and residential purposes. After a few weeks, the supervisor assured me that I would be able to spew off all the features and benefits. I would be able to compare the company’s products to popular water softeners and help customers find which one is right for them. My boss sent me some links to read over, and I’d like to share one of them with you: I never imagined having such knowledge!

While I enjoy the prospect of meeting new people and handling new tasks, I am more excited about making enough money to fuel my pastimes, especially going to concerts. Tickets can add up and put a dent in your entertainment budget. I need a source of continual funds. Aren’t we all in the same boat? I may not deal with water filtering and softening for the rest of my life, but for now I will give it a go. A biweekly paycheck is a real incentive. I might have enough left over to start a savings.

I have friends who love Goth metal music as much as I do and they dress the part. They wouldn’t go anywhere without a favorite tee shirt emblazoned with the logo of a popular band. I suppose they wear it with torn jeans and flip flops to work. With my new job, I have to go a different route. I wouldn’t dare wear my concert attire. It is not a deal breaker for me as it is with my friends. They are limited to certain career paths as a result. I am thinking McJobs—you know, the low-paying dead end positions that no one wants in life. As a matter of fact, you can’t even wear a Goth shirt to a franchise restaurant. You have to look neat and clean and wear a uniform. Thus, working in the water filter business is not a sacrifice in any way. My colorful tees can wait in the closet for the right moment. I wouldn’t go to a concert in normal clothes, nor would I go to work in a graphic top.

Working is not the end of your freedom, my friend. If you think so, you are on the wrong mental track. To the contrary, it is a way to enhance your freedom, giving you more money to do the things you love. Imagine how many concert tickets and tee shirts you can buy with one week’s pay. You can even afford to hit the road for an out-of-town gig.