July 1st, 2005


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. :)