Tuesday, June 18, 2013

She works hard for the money

So hard for it honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

Donna Summer


After inserting the above quote, I remembered it's about a hooker. That I am not. But I work hard (sort of) for the money, so I'm going with it. This is not being written on a street corner as the next stanza would suggest.

I got paid. Twice. For the first time in 5 years, I'm an earner. A paycheck producer. It could only cover my car payment plus some petty cash, but it's a paycheck nonetheless.

Although I have been working hard over the last 4 years, and having a college degree will increase my income substantially over the course of my working years, I missed having a salary of my own. It turns out receiving pay for my time and efforts means a lot to me. A chunk of my self esteem, in some ways, is tied into my ability to produce. The amount seems inconsequential, actually. For me, it's about feeling independent and valuable. 

The fact is, I enjoy being a part of the working world and always have.

My paychecks are getting cashed and stowed away for next month's vacation. It will cover the housesitter and provide a wad of spending money.

And although my summer research comes to an end next Friday, my excitement for the future has been reignited after an exhausting spring. To go to a job I love every day while making our lives more comfortable in the process is a pretty cool prospect.


4 comments:

  1. When I stopped working outside the home and began contract work at a fraction (and barely that) of my income in order to be here for a child struggling in school - every penny I earn maintains my sanity and sense of self-worth. Sure theoretically I know that what I do around the house and with the children is HUGE and so very, VERY important - getting a paycheck satisfies more than a few bucks in the pocket - it concretely says I am valued. I completely appreciate your sentiments and Donna Summers' song works just fine.

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  2. Congrats! I know you've worked hard to get there! I've earned enough for my self esteem and my last one just graduated high school. I'm officially ready to be a trophy wife! Have a great summer!
    Sandy
    www.savardstudios.blogspot.com

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  3. Yes!!! Congrats Sarah! Feels good, right? Now after 13 years of earning a paycheque, I, on the other hand, am eyeing the days when I won't anymore... retirement baby! (Yes, I know... grass is greener syndrome, no?) Of course, I still have a ways to go, unless my blog magically takes off and brings in the millions, hahaha! Very proud of you... you've worked hard and can be proud of that paycheque!

    Natalie
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