Things I don’t justify #1

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I had an idea of doing a post of things I refuse to explain or justify but it ended up being an incredibly long waffle.  So I’ve decided to break the topics up and when I feel a soapbox moment coming on, the material is ready for posting.

Number 1 in my “Series of things I don’t justify” is my 9-5.

I cannot be the only person that has run into job snobs over the years.  To sum it up this is someone that thinks what they do is so much more important and worthy than what  those around them do for a living.

They like to look down on others, for example some cannot imagine office life and spending the day in front of a computer.  “So soul sucking” said a job snob I used to know.  She felt she deserved “something purely creative” and wasn’t going to settle for less (interesting fact:  she is still looking for the perfect job to present itself to her).   My job isn’t creative at all.  I need accuracy, the ability to work to deadlines and juggle tasks when needed.  I require a massive memory and attention to detail is essential.  So when I’ve had a long day I don’t need an even longer Whatsapp from a job snob telling me about their search for something creative and fulfilling as they continue to find themselves “as they could never sit in an office and lose their soul”

I very much still have my soul.  But patience for such snobbery?  Not so much.

Some job snobs work for themselves and cannot imagine what having a boss is about (“people give you work and you do it and then you get more”) said a self-employed friend of a friend in wide-eyed horror.  Seriously – I wish I was joking but I’m not.  The conversation was about deadlines but I might as well have been explaining life on Mars.

Some job snobs don’t work at all and want to think this makes them superior (“I could never deal with office politics” and “I don’t know how you do it”)  Side note:  I do it because I enjoy the financial independence working gives me.  I’m good at what I do.  I enjoy it.  I also find things like a salary and pension to be quite handy.

I’m weird like that.

I’ve learnt to ignore job snobs because it isn’t worth your time actually engaging with someone that thinks what they do (or don’t do) makes them better than others.  Not everyone can have the career they dreamt about growing up.  Not everyone gets the opportunity or has parents to support them while they decide what they really want to pursue.  I see many people who may not be doing their ultimate dream job but getting on with it and making a success of the path they are on.  I take my hat off to people who study part-time while working – it isn’t easy – I know!  I tried it years ago and it is really difficult.

In a nutshell, I won’t justify my career or be talked down by someone who thinks that their journey is so much more important and fulfilling because they had more options before they chose it.

What about you?  Have you ever encountered this form of snobbery?

xx

12 Comments on “Things I don’t justify #1

  1. Oh gosh, people are just awful sometimes. I feel like most people don’t have their “dream job” or even really love their job – but it’s a means to an end. I want to find a full time job that I enjoy, but it’s not necessarily going to be in the field I went to school for you know, there aren’t always a ton of options. I’m glad you DO like your job though and that you feel like you’re good at it – those are important too!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    • As you say, sometimes there isn’t alot of options to do what you want or studied for. There are so many people who can relate to this but they make the best of the situation.
      Some people I know had alot of support and encouragement from their parents to follow their dreams – I’m certainly NOT one of them!
      But I’ve made the most of it and have done numerous part-time courses for my own expense and it was alot of fun learning new things.

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  2. I am certainly working a job that job snobs would hate. I look at the computer all day, rarely get to be creative, and am frequently the last to know changes. And while I used to hate it, now I appreciate that while it doesn’t make my heart sing, it pays me a decent amount, and I don’t have to check my work emails on the weekends. and not checking work email on the weekends, is almost priceless.

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    • Absolutely! I never have to check work e-mails on weekends and it is great! I’m happy to sit behind a computer all day because when I log off my time is my own again.
      Growing up, I wanted to do something creative but I’ve got my blog and in my spare time I sometimes do creative writing.
      It used to annoy me that one feels the need to justify something just because someone else made different choices but now I just ignore, ignore and repeat!

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  3. These kinds of people annoy me so much. One thing I’ve learned in my life is that we are all on different paths and it’s really nobody else’s business what we do on our paths. I agree with you 100%. You can’t justify or make excuses for some people. It’s obviously their problem that they judge others for the work they do.

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    • I’ve encountered so many people over the years who do this that I had to a post on it! Everyone is on a different path and their journey is their business. Growing up I’d have loved to do something creative fulltime but it didn’t happen and that is fine – I’ve found other ways to be creative.
      I think that sometimes snobbery and rudeness is intentional and it says alot about the person giving it. If they are so happy, why the need to run down what others do?

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  4. I can’t believe people actually said tht. And how do some not understand what working consists of. Yes, you have a boss who assigns work. You do it, you get more. Doesn’t seem that hard of a concept to grasp 🤷‍♀️

    Someone once told me that working from home is like being a stay at hole mom without the baby. Actually I think it’s moving like that 🤣

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    • Seriously Charlotte – I was amazed when someone actually said it. I swear explaining to this person what work entailed was impossible! It was almost amusing. I’m happy for people who have parents who support them but not everyone is in the same position.

      Cannot believe what was said about you working from home – that is really rude. I don’t get how people can make silly comments when someone chooses something different from them. Totally unnecessary!

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  5. Oh my, yes… this seems to be such a “thing” now to look down on people with an office job (because how can you possible feel fullfilled if you’re not pursuing somethign more creative?).

    Look, if I could choose, I probably would do something else with my time, but I enjoy my (90%) office job and I feel like in the grand scheme of things, what I do matters.
    Sometimes, when people listen what I actually do, they even say “hey, that sounds interesting”, but because it involves a computer and a desk and tons of data, people assume it’s soul-sucking and boring!

    Judge away, if you must, but there are a lot of jobs that simply have to be done (so YOU judgy person can live a comfortable life, ever thought about that?).

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    • Yes San – that is what I find – this incredulous attitude that I enjoy having an office job and I have the audacity to actually find it fulfilling and interesting! The irony is that I’m always polite when hearing the latest about others dream jobs/search for the dream job and have never said anything nasty or spiteful (great thanks I get most of the time lol).

      I’m glad you enjoy your job (from what I’ve read it is very interesting). Being happy where you are is the important thing at the end of the day. If you enjoy what you do it is easier to ignore negativity from judgy snobs.

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