Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How Many People Did You Help Today?

Me personally, I've helped exactly 0 (zero) people today. I think that may be my problem.

I'm stuck here at work--doing nothing, and I feel like I should be helping someone. I'm not sure how, but I know that my next job needs to involve HELPING people.

I'm going to have to do some research, but there has to be a job like that out there somewhere (and no, I don't want to teach, but thanks for trying!). The thought of just "making money" (for me, or my boss, or my company) frankly: makes me sick. I think this is why I felt so much revulsion when I went in for that sales job. Simply capitalism ain't gonna cut it for this boy.

So I guess now that I know what I want to do, this is the hard part--finding a job that will let me do what I want to do.

I just want to help (in a meaningful way).

14 comments:

Dave said...

Nah... I think the hard part is over. It's difficult rejecting the idea of wealth for wealth's sake. In comparison, I'd say finding a job would be easy.

Jason said...

Just applied for a job I found on Idealist.org

Feels good. I think tomorrow I'm going to apply to a bunch of non-profits.

Jason said...

There is more to life than money.

Friend-o

Jimu said...

/agree

and that's why I finally settled on philosophy..

it isn't going to get me the money. but it made me think.

Jason said...

Yeah, I guess that's how I sold myself on English.

Jimu said...

so basically, you are done with your 4 years in college.

now the question is, looking out at the world: where do they need you?

Jason said...

Not at the Mark Twain Building, and certainly not here on this stupid ass blog.

Dave said...

Hey now... Don't be dissing the blog.

If you don't like the blog, you are the only one who can make it better.

Eternal Sunshine of Katie's Mind said...

Try volunteering. I volunteered a couple years ago- I was the mentor to a pregnant teenage girl living in a home for people just like her- pregnant, in high school, drug addicted parents, victims of the foster care system. It felt awesome just helping someone!
On a more personal note, I was going to give you a call, but I lost everyone's number when I broke my phone a few weeks ago. I just wanted to see if you wanted to get together for lunch or something- maybe next week or the week after?

Jason said...

Katie! Good to hear from you!!!

Yeah, I'm having a party this weekend...I tried to call you, but couldn't because of your phone situation. I called the other number (the one you gave on your voicemail message) but it felt weird leaving a message for you on someone else's phone.

Paul is supposed to be coming, but I'll believe it when he shows up.

Glad to hear you're doing well (saw your blog, good for you for posting!). I'd love to go out sometime for lunch. Just get in touch with me. I'm off Friday and Sundays, but I don't work until 3:00pm during the week (Saturday my day is dead...)

Mountaingirl said...

I think this is a great move! I loved my career but once my partner passed I rethought everything and have ended up working in social services while trying to become a world famous artist, green the planet, and write a boo or two. The money isn't so good but life is fabulous.

BTW, if I bring a plate can I come to the party ha ha ha

Terri said...

How do you KNOW you didn't help someone? I think lots of time that a person can have an UNINTENTIONAL effect on people they come in contact with and you never even know the impact you had.

Jason said...

Terri I see your point. I guess I'm just looking for that more clear-cut, straight forward rush of helping.

Truthfully though, I can't see how kicking people out of a gym at 9:45 (or folding their damn towels) is doing much good.

Abbey said...

Social work ... although easy to become dissulsioned by the politics of it all...teach english abroad...heaps of organisations out there...my brother taught in Japan for 12 months...

Or stay in your regular job and volunteer in your own community..