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Thursday, September 21, 2017

To Thine Own Self Be True



"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
-Shakespeare, Hamlet

 I hereby give all my readers and followers permission to go on my social media and remind me of this, should I ever go after a "professional job" again, instead of doing what I like.  But, at least I reminded myself of it the last week and quit my job, today, to resume doing Uber driving, tomorrow.

I, actually, blogged against this months ago and should have listened to myself, back then.  I did have the decency of leaving those posts on my blog, because I still believed in them, even as I betrayed the principles by taking this VA Voucher Examiner job in July.  But, hey...at least it got me out of Oklahoma and in a bigger market and better city.

I am not saying that the VA is bad (though it has serious flaws structurally) or that voucher examiner jobs are bad.  Some may think they are the cat's meow (probably not to someone that would SAY "cat's meow" I bet).  What I am saying is that it is not ME, as was the case with accounting.

It all began with my father, a long time ago, that told me that I needed to go to college and get a professional job.  He warned me not to stop, either...saying that if I ever stopped I would not return to finish a degree and a degree was a path to a "better life."  I don't blame him, specifically, for that lie, as it is one that generations believed.  College doesn't mean a better life, or even more money, as anyone with a college student loan debt can tell you, when they figure out how much they are REALLY making per hour accounting for the student loan debt they are paying off.  All it means is that you are sufficiently trained to be OWNED by leaders  (who themselves are owned) and blamed by them for anything that goes wrong.

But, THEY are not the ones living your life...YOU are.  They won't be considering (or even caring) what makes you happy or your family time or your family economics.  They only care about one thing...you doing for them what they want at the cheapest method possible, so that they get more money to themselves.  That's what rich people do to be rich.  However, is it worth sacrificing yourself to please them?

This is one of many principles that echo in many of my blog posts.  You have to think about yourself.  While that is SELF-ish by definition, it is not greedy.  Instead, it is allowing you to GIVE the world your true self in a way that you were designed (by evolution or creation, your pick) and how you would best enjoy giving yourself to the world.  Those that truly care for you will be happy in that you are happy.  Those that dictate what you should do don't care for you but what they expect you to give to them, which...in fact...is true greed.  I am blessed with a wife and kids that want me to be happy and greeted my news of changing jobs with joy in the fact that it will make me happier, and THAT is what real family is like.

So, don't listen to those that are using you or judging you or couldn't care less ABOUT you.  To thine own self be true, whether it be what job you will have, what clothes you will wear, who you will love, how you will love, what convictions you hold, what you would say, or anything else.  The reason it is called self respect is that you don't have to check with anyone else to have it.  BE YOU, and THAT will be a true MIRACLE of nature to a world in need of originality and heart.

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