The Post-Grad Journey: I Quit!

There comes a tipping point where you have to say “enough is enough,” and you either need to fix what is driving you to the edge or take a step back to realize what needs to be fixed. My tipping point just arrived and resulted in me saying: “I quit!”

So, you know those people I was playing nanny for? Besides the peach cobbler incident, things have been okay. In fact, the family hired me on as their accountant/bookkeeper – so I have been doing tax forms and working with thousands and thousands of receipts for the last few weeks. However, things started going south pretty fast once I started playing the role of babysitter and bookkeeper!

There were tons of demands. It was like once they had me around all the time, they would do anything to keep me there. For example, I would give the family my schedule and they would be mad because I had LSAT class or a few hours out of the day blocked off to study – things they knew when they hired me from the start. They started wanting me to nanny and do bookkeeping work at the same time – but they only wanted to pay me for bookkeeping, despite me watching their young children. Then it turned into almost full-time hours, when I only want to work part-time. And, the worst part was when the pay became sporadic. As I write this, I still need to be paid for nearly a $100 worth of work. Do I think I’ll see the money? No, but at least I’ll have my sanity back.

About two weeks ago, I realized I haven’t had a day off in nearly two weeks. Every day was constant LSAT studying, practice tests, classes to attend, and then nonstop babysitting and bookkeeping work. And to top it all off, since I started working there I have contracted the following: pink eye, a random eye infection, ring worm, and a stomach virus – all because the kids have had these things. After having pink eye back to back, you start to feel the effects. So, I started asking myself why was I depending so much on just a few bucks here and there? It seemed stupid to waste so much time doing things that aren’t going to help me get to where I need to be and want to be in the future.

However, my boiling point really came over the weekend. The dad told me that I should be able to finish all the accounting work by that day, and I told him that would be impossible. Even if I worked for 72 hours straight – there was no feasible way that I would finish. In response to this, he said to me “Well, you must be stupid or something.” And then he told me I had to cancel my trip to St. Louis (I’m going to see my boyfriend) — something I planned and booked over a month ago! Huh, what? Wait, did you just call me stupid?

No sir, in fact, I’m not stupid. The only stupid thing is your behavior towards me. It was unacceptable for him to say this, so I just had enough and did my first real adult “I quit” moment. I’m sorry, but no one is going to call me stupid for no reason – especially in a situation like that. Yes, I may be a newly post-graduate student trying to figure things out in the world, but that doesn’t mean I’m stupid. If he wanted the accountant books to be complete by this week, he should have had someone start it months ago — not three weeks ago!

Although I need the money, I have to admit – I feel better already. I will have more time to study and time for myself, so I really can’t complain. And although I won’t be working, I’m not getting too discouraged – something will have to turn up…it always does.

Happy Lazy Day! Let’s Nap
Happy Lazy Day! Let’s Nap
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