American culture is seen by many as a very hard working society. I don't think I know a single person that feels like they don't work too hard for what they have(which sometimes means they don't have as much as they should for the amount of work they do). Standard of living is a tricky subject for us because our work-life balance is atrocious compared to most other countries. That article puts it best: How is it we have the most potential for leisure time, yet we work so much we can't stop and actually take it?
It really all depends on who you ask. Most of us(especially my generation) understand that work is something we have to do. We don't get a choice. We're fine with that for the most part, but for people like me the amount of work that I put in does not always translate into leisure time on the other end. Why? Because the amount of work I do doesn't yield an equivalent monetary benefit that I would need in order to take advantage of much more than sitting at home playing games(most of which I already own and have played multiple times over).
MMORPGs are a huge benefit to people like me, considering how much content you get for your money. Yes, they usually cost money per month. But $12/month when you can spend upwards of 150 hours on a game each month is definitely worth it. Not that I want to sit at home and make memories with an avatar as opposed to going out into the real world and making real memories, but I work within my budget.
There are other free things to do, but not many. So what am I looking to do with my time now that I'm broke and I still have hours to fill? What a lot of people do. Find a second job. Work as many hours as possible because even if you're filling those potential leisure hours with work, at least you're not broke right? Well, that's kind of a hard trade-off to make. I consider all of the things I could be doing(like writing) that's free and consumes time, even if there's no immediate monetary benefit.
I consider all of the potentially lost time with friends or outings because I'm working so much that when those opportunities arise, I will more than likely be preoccupied. Where is a good point to stop this constant working and start living your life? I'm 26 years old and I'm trying to make up for lost time in my childhood, considering all I did was play video games as a kid and that was the only thing that was honestly important to me.
A lot of things have changed now and I'm finally able to look out at the world and want to experience it for myself, so it makes this decision to fill my time working a much more difficult one. My options are work a lot, be miserable, and have money. Or work a "normal" amount, be fairly happy with my time, and be broke. How do I fight this? Well writing is one thing I do to fight it. I may not be at a point yet to make money on my writing, but I never will be if I don't keep pushing for it.
So here I am. Another Millennial complaining about money and work. I didn't go to college, I'm an introvert and even though I'm damn good at everything I put my mind to it's nigh impossible for me to find a job that gives me a decent standard of living. Sacrifices are having to be made, and I'm going to have to get my hands dirty now. But if there's one thing I'm not willing to sacrifice, it's my writing time. Most people don't see it, but it's sacred to me. Even if I'm being worked to the bones at two jobs, I will always find the time to write.
Now, all I can hope for is support from the community to help launch me into a career in writing. It's still an ongoing process, and I appreciate all of you who have shown support in this effort. Let's hope for a brighter future!