Do you ever stop and think about what you’re actually taking advantage of, right now, at this moment? I’m not saying this in a negative way, but many of us really don’t contemplate the fact that we have access to many things that gives us an advantage over other people.
There are parts of the world that still live without internet. Homeless people, all over. If you’re sitting here, reading this off a smartphone, tablet or computer/laptop, you’re already one step further than those people. Are you taking advantage of that fact? That you have the world accessed at your fingertips (until net neutrality takes that away from us, hopefully not). What about all of the programs and opportunities you can do, just from sitting at home and using your computer?
Some of us are at a disadvantage with certain technology. Like me, I have an older laptop I’ve been using, but it’s slow and cannot handle a lot of things going on at once. So my dreams of downloading Photoshop or working on anything to that level will not happen on this computer. But – when I received this laptop from my mother, I decided to take advantage of it, and use it for what I can. Which, ultimately, is writing for this blog. I started blogging back in August, and thanks to this computer, I’m still around.
Are you taking the advantage of having a job? Whether it’s a job you love or hate, bringing in income is the only way to get yourself on your feet. Don’t like your situation? Work to change it. If you’re job is that horrible, why are you staying in it? My mother has quit so many jobs, but her downfall right now is she’s not even trying to look for another job. Yet, wants to complain about a lack of money in the house. I call it taking advantage of the people who do work in the house. It’s hard to go after what you want, when you feel stuck.
It’s hard to move forward. But the one thing I’ve learned, is that money may be the root of all evil, but we need it to survive off of. Take extra shifts, splurge less, and start saving what little bit you can. Because if you don’t start now, it’s going to take you forever to get yourself out of that situation. The year just started and I have $70 – from tips – that I’ve saved up already. And I’m not saying that to brag, because it’s hard to earn extra money, depending on your job. I make decent money where I work, but then people also will leave me tips. Especially some of my regulars – they specifically tip me and only me, and it makes me feel so special. I guess that’s a perk to being at a place for a year and a half. I’m making it a goal to not spend any unnecessary money. If I look back to all the money I had made up, just in tips alone, last year, I probably would’ve had well over $500 in the bank. But I splurged a few times, I treated myself. Because I got tired of reaching nowhere. This year is going to be different, and if you’re taking advantage of your extra income (if you make any), it’s going to work against you.
Friends, we’ve all either taken advantage over someone being there, or we’ve been the friend being taken advantage of. You know, when you’re constantly there for someone, drop what you’re doing to help them in their time of need, but when it’s time to help you out, they’re somehow never around. You’re left in the dust, every single time. You learn who your real friends are.
Time is the big one, we all take advantage of it. There are 24 hours in a day, and when you spend anywhere from 6-12 hours of it working, it’s hard to find time to do much else. Let’s face it, at least 5-8 of those hours is going towards sleeping, too. I know some people say they’ll sleep when they’re dead, but honestly, if you don’t get proper sleep it really does affect your health in the long run.
So how do you work around it? Well, it’s hard. This is something I’m going to work hard myself to improve this year. I worked 10 days straight this week, and after work, do you know what I did? I ordered take out, went home, ate, changed, and then proceeded to drink and watch Netflix all night. Every night. Because my energy was so zapped from work.
It’s hard. But if you don’t find a way to make yourself take those small steps in the right direction, you’re not going to move forward at all. If you get days off, they’re the best time to actually get things done. However, if you spend every day off doing the things you don’t want to do, you’ll never actually enjoy those days off. What about socializing? What about your own personal goals? They get pushed back, over and over. We take advantage of it because we don’t think about it until everything starts to pile up and stress us out.
What are some things you feel you take advantage of?
January Writing Challenge #13