I wish that were true. But as you go along in life the numbers get higher and higher and you would think your salary would go along with that number but actually it tends to go in the other direction. To employers all of that experience and life lived just adds up to old blood and liability. This is just when I thought that youth was all about being young and doing young people things. Older people do old people things like think about retirement and the many ways they would never have to work again. The years add up and all of the horrible ways of work take a toll on a person. This minimum wage stuff ain't no joke, because that's all employers are interested in paying. Then it all made sense as to why they wanted younger workers: less experience, less money. Now, employers are able to pay minimum wage and it not look so bad because minimum wage is not really a living wage, hardly anybody makes one. So what happens to us older, experienced workers whom employers do not want to pay any money to? I talked about retirement and I only thought it was fair to do so. You have to understand when it does not make sense to work any longer. The job market makes it that way. There is no wage or salary scale that provides or compensates for the number of years worked or for different kinds of work experience. So this is where older workers do not receive the benefit of working the amount of years that they do. I'm finding that the younger a person is of course it's beneficial because employers use the lack of experience etc., to determine salary. For older workers, it becomes more difficult to find employment because they like to keep their overhead low. As a result they can't have people demanding the corner office and all kinds of perks and signing bonuses that one would expect when getting a new job. There is no compromise as to the amount of money an older worker should be making as a result of experience. Oops! Now were talking the D word or D------------n. Who really wants to do that when there are other options? Even if you make an older worker like a younger worker, this means that they've gained nothing for all of their years of work and experience. Artistically speaking an older person's resume and or experience is a blank canvas, so that any benefit of artistic production would be limited, just to keep the cost of overhead low which means a lower salary. That avoids the D word all together. My question is, how many older workers like their resume or experience looked upon as a blank canvas? What is the point of working when that blank canvas is all one will have to show for? Why even bother doing or submitting resumes, if they just end up like a blank canvas? Just list the places you've worked. Older people grow weary because of the blank canvas effect, including myself... we need to be more creative in terms of creating that canvas for retirement. I mean age ain't nothing but a number, right?
No I'm not joking. This little body has had enough career disappointment to be done with all of it. I damn near met the wizard-take that any way you want. Believe me I have had enough experience. I just should have lived out in the Midwest somewhere and got a job in a factory straight outta high school or something. That was before most of them closed down. Those were considered jobs, you know something you did just to pay the bills and keep a roof over your head. It wasn't a matter of like or even the "do what you love" kind of thing. A job was just that. A company or factory would have a position that needed to be filled and one would go in and apply and hopefully get the job and work the assembly line until they got ready to retire. Same thing day in and out and without too much of a bell and whistle to it except for benefits. But it was a job and unlike today's job market which is just a hustle of take what's there and pursue your passion either in your sleep or when you should be. This daily grind of work life changes a person. Nothing to look forward to, ok a paycheck is always good, but other than that on the flip side of things when your interests don't exactly meet up with your job description, it makes you rethink the value of happiness. I was once that way. But now nothing compares and I mean nothing. So I find myself just counting down until retirement, each and every day is one day closer. Someday I will get there. It's gotten to the point where I loathe days filled with boredom and then my artistic endeavors erupt afterwards. I just want to find full time happiness. But now, that will only be achievable through retirement. Most of the jobs really suck and of course when you have no money that sucks even more. I can't tell you how upsetting it is not to have any money. So I continue to work.
It's like going to bed, when one goes to bed angry and waking up the same way. Then you ask yourself, did you go to bed? Besides what do middle aged people like myself think about anyways besides retirement? Let's stay focused here and remember that people still work past their retirement age. This is something that I do not want to happen. I don't know if I could take that kind of misery. There has to be another way to retire without waiting until you are 67 or whatever your retirement age is. I'm going to begin to use the Greece model of life. Well, it worked for them for a long while! That's the way life should be. People would be healthier and they would not have so much stress from the day to day task of work. There would be times when one could actually enjoy life. This reminds me of an old saying I would use, "Peace and hair 'Greece'!" This beats being a "Greece" monkey...
I don't think that's a fair question, especially since when there was a time that a person did drive, all people would do was make them crazy about it. In my younger self I always thought that you were supposed to do the grown thing and be self-sufficient and buy your own s--- and the whole adult thing. Gosh, I missed the memo. It seemed that there were those against time going quick and there were those that wanted adults like me to be kids again and redo this process in "reality". Another words "I was living in a dream world." I honestly don't see how people could think that and it wasn't a matter of me missing the memo, it was probably someone who couldn't read or write one to think this whole absurd thing up. I will be honest with you, this life or current existence sucks. I was removed from my creative energy and that was my vehicle. It was painful among other things. But I had to learn to live without that vehicle I so loved and wanted to do for a certain part of my life. The reasons for removing me from that vehicle were of selfish exploitation and for ways to evolve a type of sacrifice out of a person. This makes no sense to me because there were those that enjoyed life and others that did not. I know life is not fair, but it's what you make of it. So you have to work within the confines of what you earn and what you're able to do. I had entered into another realm of life whereby I had to speak volumes. I don't know too many other people around me who do this, although I'm sure they exist. Well, if you think about it that is considered being creative and of course driving. So what's the problem and that is a fair question to ask?
Sidebar: Anyone who attended For---- Uni-------, is on another f----- planet! The only thing that degree is useful for is tp, to wipe your bottom with. On earnings of $16.00 an hour, how could one expect me to shop at Ma--'s? The reality is that people don't earn enough to do so. While there are those fooling around with the tp and their bottoms, I had to pull this economy out of a hat. Please don't expect me to cover up or zip up some body else's ignorance because this is pretty bad, at a cost of a dime for a dozen.
Now when driving you have to get to and from somewhere in a vehicle. You have to be able to afford the vehicle and it has to be safe to drive in. You have to have gas, insurance, registration and for it to be inspected yearly. You as the driver must be alert, responsible and consider not only your life but the lives of others around you. Wow, that sounds like adult responsibility or almost like moving out and having your own apartment. When you remove someone from their creative vehicle in their younger adult self, how would they do all of these things? You supposedly raise your children to be independent, responsible, self-sufficient and able to care for themselves. Adults don't ask their parent's to buy cars or give them most of the money to do so out of necessity. Such persons should be able to afford to do this themselves. As an educated creative vehicles person, one should be able to do this themselves. People should not have to beg and plead to be able to do this. I'm too old to beg the question as to why this was all done, speaking of wiping bottoms. When the creative vehicle is removed so is the opportunity. Well so much for being given enormous opportunity! The short of it is that the vehicle that exists now is symbolically being used to get one from one place to another, as in to being able to create my own independent survival and foundation from within, just like I had aspired to do in my younger adult self. Speaking of symbolic, just like that degree from L--- I----- Uni-------. Hey, you were the ones who wanted to shake and stir things up a bit and go for a change from the regular pomp and circumstance crap. The pot and the kettle are still black, so what's the problem?
I reside in Westchester County, New York. It's not one of my favorite places. Probably because nothing could ever replace New York City. I loathe getting up and taking the bus just to watch all of the grassy and spread out properties. I hate the highways and the endless roads of trees and country grass. I could never make it in the South. This is the worst. People say, "It's so expensive in the city." Living in Westchester ain't exactly cheap. I heard somewhere that in the city, bus fares will be reduced for people who cannot afford to pay for transportation. That will be my next complaint. In the city you can at least walk to get to certain places. In counties like Westchester walking, is for the young and for those in good health. Things are too spread out, talk about a country mile. Anyhow, I do think that I am paying too much for transportation and those who make minimum wage or at least $16.00 an hour should not be paying as much to ride the bus as someone making $100,000 a year. It's just not right. Minimum wage is no joke, not much money to do anything with; and then you have to worry about spending money to get to work which is a joke in itself. People who live in Westchester or any other county should not have to worry about this either. But, I'm really just thinking of a way to not make this so hectic in terms of actually getting a reduced fare card or gas card. It should only take a website for quicker access and then submitting your W-2, paystub as proof of income. Then one can receive a card or/and backup card in the mail and then you must activate the card and put money on it, for the reduced amount or given a free card for a certain amount if time, depending on your financial situation. The good thing about doing things in this manner is that one can independently control the amount of money they put on their transportation card and that card can also be used to take any kind of transportation throughout New York City or it's counties. It creates less clutter when going to buy metro cards and one no longer has to worry about having enough money to get to work. There is another thing that is very important, it costs money to go on job interviews and to look for a job. People who are unemployed should be receiving transportation compensation to and from job interviews since they are not working and really don't have the money to spend in going from place to place. There has to be a way to obtain free transportation until one gets a job and along with their minimum wage salary there should then be reduced transportation fares afterwards. Listen, you have people eating one meal a day or sometimes nothing at all to pay for things like this. It's either one or the other. Unless of course work at home jobs become more of the norm and then some of us will not have to leave the house or apartment and worry about spending money on getting to and from work. But I do think that people who are unemployed should not have to waste money or gas, the bus, train, subway in going from job to job interview until they find something. Sometimes this takes a while. The government really needs to step up their efforts in making sure that people pay less than what they can afford. As in the instance of free or reduced gas and transportation(bus, train, subway) costs, don't look at this like someone is asking for a senior discount; it just that this is all a necessity due to the wage discount. Since we have to work it is understandable, I just don't think people including myself should pay for things that they cannot afford. Let's do this the legal way and create reduce or free transportation for all those that need it. I so hate depending on people and in the instance of getting to work or a job interview one should not have to!
Income has not increased with the cost of living and of course the jobs have gone elsewhere. As people think minimum wage is going to pay for everything, I often ask why does the government want people to depend on them? Does it give them a feeling of superiority? Probably. But I don't like it at all. We have become a nation of people who want to see the ability to survive financially and independently as an enemy instead of a buddy. I don't get it. Or at least, what's more important? The roof over your head, the food in your mouth and of course the clothes on your back. I think that the government is up to something,most people do. I mean why would any entity who controls the lives of so many people put such a limit on what people should be allowed to do? The government is the public sector of things and there is the more private or elite way of doing business. Free health insurance, free food and free housing, all public stuff. Mind you I'm the type of person who likes to work for what she earns but when the jobs and opportunities somehow get greediously, and I did come up with a word, defined as another purpose in life that usually takes over the jobs and opportunities you will ever have until old age, then what is the point? Yes, the village fails again, due to being greedious. What does greedious or greediously mean? I define it as someone taking over or hogging up something selfishly, inconsiderately, scornful ect. regarding another individuals being and way of life. Elders are that way. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I'm telling you the village ain't doing so good. The elders greediously took over and this life became a warped sense of give to the point of their greediously existence. I say this as I think of all of the jobs and careers I would have liked to have had. But the elders are greedious people and yes, they did a poor job as the village. I want this shut down simply because I don't see any point to all of this! I thrive on the private and individual way of life. The government just like the elders are giving out rations and stipends to people as if they are not worth more. The people need opportunities to create their own stipends in America. The village concept failed and it failed miserably and to a fault by using yesteryear as a way of regression and survival and yes government vouchers. It's time to shut it down and let the individual reclaim their life, because they certainly wasted a lot of time due to the elders and their village concept of doing things. America is in a regression and it won't come out of it until we take the greedious ways away from the elder and the village as a whole and let the individual exist, do and learn for tomorrows potential, which is worth much more than a government voucher!
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