Monday, March 14, 2016

Adulthood Catches up on You

A responsible adult does his taxes early.  Some irresponsible adults wait until April 15th.  I am currently doing my last four years of taxes, but then again, I've never really thought of myself as an adult at all.

In the course of preparing them, I got to thinking.  I made more money than I expected last year.  It was more than the year before, and more than the year before that.  I've sort of resigned myself to the idea that I work a low stress job that gives low paychecks.  But I divided last year's total pay by 2080, and came to a respectable amount of money.  The kind of money I'd expect a professional to earn.

Now that may be misleading, because I didn't work 2080 hours last year.  In fact, I work overtime fairly regularly.  The thing is though, I don't actually "work" most of the time I'm at work.  My job has a fair amount of downtime.  It's certainly not true that I'm spending more time working than a full-time job entails.  However you slice it, I'm employed in my field of study, using my degree to earn what you would expect a professional to earn.

I'd think the takeaway would be that hard work isn't necessarily the key to success.  The opposit is true though.  I feel like I should shapen up, and fly right.  Maybe take another crack at some certificates.  Now that I've stumbled into adulthood, I should probably try to keep it.

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