Having been on vacation, I did not expect that I would get “tired” of the bum life. Yes, I have enjoyed (and still enjoying) it for the most part but I am a restless person – I have to do something in my idle time (hey, sleeping and eating count). And when I do have something to do at the moment, I still feel the need to do another thing (a self-proclaimed multi-tasker). Like, right now, while I am typing away – I am watching (or half-watching/half-listening) to an episode of HIMYM.
Because of that inevitable and innate quality of mine, I looked for a non-Arki related job (because I think I can’t handle working in a firm yet). Luckily, I knew a friend of mine whose parents own a Kumon branch. The work was relatively easy and the pay fair – enough for the day’s job. The best part of it was having to be surrounded my kids!
There’s a preschool area for toddlers ages 3-6. Some are really noisy but most of them are bearable because of their cuteness and that “little, pre-puberty voice” wherein whatever they say sounds innocent and charming. I met this girl named Rhian, a comely Filipino-Korean girl. Whenever you ask her name, she always says her entire name, with a voice so cute that I couldn’t help myself asking for her name over and over again.
There’s also this boy, Aecon, (whom I think has ADHD), who puts off answering his classwork until the last minute and roams around, trying to be a ninja. When he’s sitting down, he jerks off his head in different directions and says inaudible stuff like he’s from outer spaces (I think it’s almost Klingon), disturbing his seatmates. Any attempt of hushing him to perfect stillness is known to be an utter failure, so the teachers and the checkers let him be. He usually does what he needs to do for the day, anyway, he just exceeds his allotted time. He’s not by far my favorite, but he’s the one I remember most. So I guess when I leave, I’ll (sort of) miss him and his weirdness.
I have been working for almost a month now, and how much of a rout my work has been, I still enjoy it. So far, my co-workers and I get along well, especially the two college freshmen. They constantly ask me for advice on subjects, particularly how challenging Math is (well, we all know what’s that like for me).
There are two things I learned from this experience:
First: Earning money is hard work.
Of course, I knew this from my parents and adults who rave about having a long, tiring day at work, cranky bosses or having no overtime pay. But hearing and knowing of it is far different from learning it yourself, that I tell you. But despite enduring the extensive hours behind the desk while waiting for lunch break or dismissal time (yes, just like school), it feels alright once you get used to it.
What I like about working is the strong feeling of independence you feel after a long day, and when you receive your pay at the end of it all. It is really fulfilling to have money handed to you knowing that you spent hours, sweat and effort earning it. Indeed, your own hard-earned money, no matter how small, is better than any check worth a million you didn’t work for.
Second: Do what you love and love what you do.
Those are wise words to live by, my friend. Since my work is not related to my field at all, a week in it and I felt like I wasn’t going to enjoy it. Not that I’m complaining, but if you really don’t like what you do, and you merely do it for the money, then it is just another day at the office for you. Having known that, I am thankful that my love for architecture has not diminished and is still growing in expectation and appreciation every day. Now I can say that I am sure of the course I chose and I am happy I stuck by it.