Great Job

This week’s Dustinland comic compares two different states of mentality regarding the workplace. Or careers really.

When I was young, I was aimless. I didn’t care about work, and I had a pretty easy dead-end job, 9-5, in and out, no stress. So on the day-to-day side of it, life was great. No worries. No nightmares about looming presentations. No fear of layoffs. But in the grand scheme of things, it was stressful. Now, I was getting paid peanuts, which was fine at the time, since I was young and didn’t really need much besides money for beer and rent. But looking toward the future, I knew that would be a problem. And even worse, the bigger picture… there was really no place to go, no “up.” Just a steady dull career of churning out the same thing for a barely increasing wage. No pressure, but no future. And that was it’s own kind of long term awful stress.

These days, I take work a lot more seriously. It’s my career. My life. I have a family to take care of. I have pride in what what I do. And I have a career where there is a lot of potential for success. So looking forward, things are much improved. And in the wallet area, that too. But now there’s a different kind of concern. A day to day creeping. A consuming stress. Even physical pain. Yes, it’s that cliche career stress you heard about all your life, growing up, watching TV and movies, reading books, seeing the stressed out fat, balding out of shape white collar father with an ulcer in a migraine. Lying in bed, thinking about work, even dreaming about it. Checking your email while on vacation. Ah, mo money, mo problems. And freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. There’s got to be a reason they’ve been writing song lyrics about the same subject for 50 years.

4 responses to “Great Job

  1. oh man did you make me lmfao in that last panel. I think that almost all the time everywhere. it’s not just ur job it’s at the store at the bank in the next lane in political office. they are everywhere and can’t be stopped !

    • I remember reading that when I was still just in school and even then it hit me in a powerful way. Definitely makes me feel calmer though if I ever start to get intimidated about my place in the world.

  2. I like how you sneaked that “here’s some more responsibility” line into panel 5. So true. It’s like the old saying: “Hard work will get you more hard work.”

    • So true. Got an extra skill that’s not on your resume? Better not let anyone find out or you’ll find yourself with some new tasks and nothing but a handful of thanks as your reward.

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