Friday, May 07, 2010

money vs happiness

I've got a good job now in California. I make decent money, my co-workers are generally cool people, the office is nice and conveniently located, and the work itself is fairly easy.

But it doesn't excite me - it doesn't challenge me very often - it's very repetitive. I don't wake up excited about going to work - I do it out of duty and obligation, instead of any desire to contribute to the greater good.

I know some of you are saying, "You're making good money at a decent job - why complain?"

Because I had a job for 5 years that I really ENJOYED and I was pretty good at doing.
And I take the train most days to work and I can see the drones making their way to their offices each day to punch the clock and put in their hours so they can afford a new iPad and go out on the weekends. I don't want to become one of those drones.

Which is why I'm going to give up a much better paying job in a city I really like to move back to Japan and work for less money in a city where I won't know anyone.

If my 5 years on JET taught me one thing about myself, it's that I really love teaching. I like the day to day challenge of it - the quest to find a better way to involve and interest your students in their lessons - the ever-changing variety - the school atmosphere in Japan with large school events and it's own brand of school spirit. And I enjoy teaching English.
Perhaps not as much as I would if I could teach history, which is a subject closer to my heart, but with English it's easier in a way to notice real progress in your students. At the end of the year you can tell if they learned anything and are able to communicate at a higher level than when they started.

So I'll be giving up job security in California for the unpredictable and sometimes frustrating job of teaching English in Japan - and I can't wait! :)



stormko said...

That's how it should be.

Good luck.

Tornadoes28 said...

Wow. That's a big decision. Congrats. My guess is you will be teaching English long-term in Japan now.

Anonymous said...

That is awesome! I have just been selected as a Jet this year and I can't wait to have the best time of my life!

Serena ( =

Chad Vieth said...

Hey, if it is something you like/love, then go for it. Why be miserable. I wish i was that brave.

Raikiri said...

Thats excellent news Jason, mainly because you'll no doubt be happier in Japan but also because there will undoubtedly be some more video uploads from the land of the rising sun!

Good luck!!

TheAndySan said...

Although I'm sad that I won't be able to do a collab video with you when I move to San Diego in late October, I'm glad that you've found your real calling and are pursuing it!

Good luck and I hope to see more videos from you soon!!