I'll be honest, I'm a material girl. I'm focused on quality, not quantity, but being able to buy that perfect dress in the window, me and my wardrobe just need to have, is pretty important to me. And so is being happy. Since I changed jobs and with that my line of work, I'm so much happier in my work life. I don't come home complaining about unfulfilling tasks, overtime and inconsiderate colleagues anymore. In fact, I don't come home that often at all, as the job change involved a change of location (countries, to be more precise) and nights spent away from my base. That was a god-sent for my irritated boyfriend. He finally got the break from my complaints he needed, and so did I. The downside of my job change except for having a long distant relationship? A much thinner purse. You know, like the one you put money in. A starving bank account, if you prefer. So, I wrote a letter to my best friend today on the subject of my motto "Do more of what makes you happy", which doesn't seem so easy after all.
Money is not everything. That perfect dress may be important to me, but so are experiences. Travelling, seeing the world, meeting new people – My new job offers all this. In fact, my job is all about experiences, not only for my customers, but for me, too. And that makes me pretty happy. But free experiences only go so far. Living costs money and so does experiencing that new hip restaurant, quality wines from around the world, shows, concerts, you name it. And what about spoiling your loved ones? So, I'm faced with a small but existential dilemma. The exciting job or the job that earns you money to live on well and secure your pension? Travel experiences during work-time or luxury holidays, delicious dinners, wine-tastings and shopping sprees in your not-so-endless free-time? How to prioritise?
I know what's right for me now. After all, I've been in my new job for barely a year. But I don't know what will be right for me and my boyfriend in a few months or years time. If or when I have to make a change, however, the question is what to do? What occupation offers a healthy compromise between financial security and time for fun? Eventually, security and a comfortable retirement are important, too. But I've never been one to worry much about the future. Who knows when my days are counted? Surely, it'll all get sorted somehow, someday. It always does. Until then, I'll live a little. Or as much as my bank account allows me to. :)
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Jen is a life artist, writer and biochemistry engineer on a cabin crew adventure. She loves mixing cocktails and being an advocate for timeless, personal style, striving for a simpler, more intentional life without compromising quality and glamour.
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