Nearly every child is raised under the false promise of a bright successful future in the career of their choice. I, like many others, was a Kennmoore Picasso, and my kindergarten and grade school teachers swore I'd become a legend in the field of art. How wonderful that we fill our young children's minds with such rosy pipe dreams.
And it's not just the teachers. It's the parents, too. I was raised under the impression that I was really going to be something. Wrong.
I wish I could believe all the fanciful pictures they have in their minds about my future, but I live in the real world.
My grandma once said that, as a child, I told her that I am "not worth much". While I don't remember saying that, this statement becomes more and more true every day.
Lies of academia
Much of our adolescent and young adult lives are spent laboring under the impression that college will take us down a magic path of gold, with a career being handed to us on a silver platter. I completed four years of college to get an art degree, which has no value outside of the imitation leather and the paper it is printed on. It has not helped me to attain any job in the field in which I have studied. Also, while studying in said college, a professor recommended a program in a field called Digital Prepress. This was also described as a path of gold, one in which you can just "sit back and watch the presses run."
I found employment, but only for six months. Why? Because the field only requires one guy in an office to run the entire operation. Nobody else in the entire city needed a prepress operator. I went to the career counselor, and she recommended I take refresher courses so I could keep my useless knowledge up to date in the unlikely event that one of these lone prepress operators suddenly dies and leaves an entry level opening.
Pop culture pep talks
Famous people are always telling us that we just need to try really hard and we'll be rich and successful as they are.
What they don't tell you is that trying really hard makes no difference unless you know somebody with connections. Nepotism still exists in the entertainment industry and some other places.
Talent means nothing. It's all about who you know. This is why programs like Spongebob and Dexter's Lab and reality TV shows exist. If you know someone with the money, and the power, you can put a gift wrapped turd on TV and everybody will think it's something great.
If you have talent, and no connections, you're screwed. In fact, if some of these no talent hacks accidentally stumbles across your work, it could end up being appropriated into their product, making you look like a second rate imitator as they siphon away any hope that you can actually earn money by doing something you love.
I have given up on my future here on earth, and you probably should too. I only live day to day with the hope that the rug isn't pulled out from under me at a crucial moment.
1. Some people fight and struggle to get the best possible career, but I know that's nothing more than a good way to have an early heart attack. It's not a very efficient or painless way to commit suicide. Why go through such a painful ordeal when you only end up hitting your head against a glass ceiling in the end? Just give up on your future and take care of today.
2. Every job is a temp job. Unemployment can happen at any time. Therefore you must bust your ass trying to keep the job, and hope and pray that the final boom doesn't drop anytime soon.
3. No amount of trying will get you to your dream, except if you dream of a career in sanitation.