I didn’t choose to do an IT degree with a view to becoming any kind of hotshot programmer/ web designer, despite my love of html and most things web; my first choice would have been any number of the jewellery/ crafting courses on offer even though most are not of a degree standard.
But I’m practical. I chose IT because it allows a career that (hopefully) pays well and will work around my illness and family life.
Jewellery making and web design were the 2 ‘skills’ I had to choose from when I was planning out how to escape the benefits trap of the long term sick; the web seemed the likeliest method of gaining a decent income without a large financial layout.
I know that in the current climate having those benefits offers a type of security that working may not – especially in view of my health (the whole reason I’m on ’em in the first place) some healthy folks even question why I’d bother since I’ve ‘got it good’ right now – I’m lucky they say.
..and I agree, in comparison to some families we’re doing well and ticking by.
But I’m fed up of always ticking by. I’m sick of the uncertainty of renting a pokey flat that we’re getting too large for by the day. I’m sick of not having the cash for a decent holiday or to buy the gifts I’d like or to make the things I sketch out and put in the ‘someday’ file.
Unlike a healthy person, being long term sick offers you no hope of improvement, no hope of progressing up the food chain, you’re stuck living on handouts and state charity and that SUCKS!
I dream of having a decent sized 3 bedroom house (all doubles of course) I want an office/ workshop at the bottom of the garden and a garage. I want the space to be able to grow my own food – not on a self-sufficiency level, but enough to supplement the odd dish. I’ll never be able to get that on state benefits.
I listed all the things I wanted from my ideal lifestyle and showed it to Stef; he laughed.
Apparently I want to be his parents – but with hobbies.
To be honest I don’t know why that was a cause for laughter; his folks are great – they work too hard in my opinion and could use some hobbies for downtime, but otherwise sure; I’d be them. Just more up to date *grin*
..and I’d be able to do any of this with my daughter;
- start a small craft club and have monthly meetings/ workshops
- create and sell tutorials from my own e-learning site
- create websites for small businesses and families
- have time and materials for serious crafting
- maintain a small kitchen garden
- throw parties
(assuming she wanted to)
Doesn’t that sound like the life to you? THAT’S how I envisage someone who’s ‘got it good’, I’m just trying to get there the best I can.