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Money talks

A conversation with a co-worker:

CW: We're in the wrong business, people. I want to be RICH!
Me: Dude, I want to be a public school librarian. I plan to stay in "the wrong businss" for a long time.
CW: You want to be a librarian? Why? You'll never make enough money!
Me: Well, I love books, I like kids (ok, so I like telling kids to shut up - same diff, no?), and I want to do something important with my life.
CW: You just don't want enough. You should want LOTS of money.
Me: I grant you, it'd be nice to not have to worry each paycheck if I have enough to cover all the bills, but beyond that? I guess money's just not as important. I want more.

Funny, that. I'd never really thought about it, but I don't really want to be rich. I know, unamerican, no? Honestly, though, if I can cover basic living expenses (food/shelter/transportation to the job where I earn this money) and a little more for special stuff (going out to eat, craft stuff, new clothes), then I'm ok. I don't like working in a job simply because it pays well - I want to do something that's actually going to matter in 5 years.

I guess that helps the whole "woe, what am I going to do with my life?!?" question - looks like I'm still aiming toward librarianship. :)

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princessgeek
Jul. 1st, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
Some of us are more interested in making a difference than making a paycheck.

I'd like the paycheck, too but you can't always get what you want.
grayarcadian
Jul. 1st, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
You and me both...you and me both...

Where you planning on going? UW isn't taking anyone for MLS until Fall 2006.
grimhild
Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
Amen. Of course, it gets a bit hairy when I start thinking of having kids, but yeah. A poor genetic counselor's life for me!
brigidsdaughter
Jul. 2nd, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm the same way. I say I want to work with horses. They say I should be a vert because you can make more money. I twitch and tell them that I don't want to...and they persist in bugging me. Money doesn't matter. That concept seems foreign to so many people though...
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