Continuing through the SWEAT pledge, today I will be touching on numbers two and three (If you missed it, you should check out the first one
Funny enough I actually have already written about number two in a previous post
before I even knew about this pledge so you could say I am on board with this next one.
2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.
Since I have touched on it I won’t belabor the point, but I will say that I am in full agreement that there is a definite difference. Freedom to pursue my happiness implies that I have given thought as to what makes me happy. It also means that I have given time to understand at least the next step to move toward turning that vision into reality. It does not mean that vision doesn’t change with time, but it also doesn’t mean there are no obstacles. When you work toward something it has deeper meaning. I remember when I was a kid I wanted a good bike. So I scraped together money from birthdays, a small allowance, and odd jobs and bought the pieces to the bike I wanted. I started with the frame and then the wheels and so on. It took a year or so and was painful watching other kids on their bikes, but when it was finished and I got on it the first time it was amazing. Not only did I learn a ton in putting it together (including spray painting), it was completely my bike. So much so it still hangs in the garage some 30 years later. Didn’t I deserve the bike I wanted immediately? Shouldn’t my parents have just given it to me? I cannot look back at that and say they should have. It would not have meant the same. Because of that and other experiences like that, when I look around at what people say is a “right” it saddens me.
3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.
This next one is interesting because while I do think you can have a bad job, I understand the sentiment. What I take from this is that even if you hate what you are doing there will always be something you can take away from it. Whether it is getting your body in shape or getting time to reflect while you do repetitive type work, it is possible to either think about the next step in your life or learn a new skill that will help you get that next job. For myself I worked in retail and fast food while I was going through community college. I enjoyed the people (at least in one of those) and it helped keep me focused on (nearly) finishing my degree. It has certainly provided incentive for me to not go back. I also learned how to take pride in making a flawless burger and getting that last box into the rack.