Life’s more stressful these days. My wife is returning to school. We’ve added a 22-month-old son to our family. And the struggling economy has made it more difficult than ever for me to land writing jobs.
I’ve been sending a lot of time in the evenings writing dumb-dumb content stories. If you don’t know what these are, they’re the filler stories that “grace” so many Web sites out there. It doesn’t matter much what these stories say, so long as they contain the right keywords. In other words, it’s garbage. And, unfortunately, while they’re quick to write, the pay for them isn’t great.
It all adds up to a life that, yes, sucks a bit more than it once did.
I was reminded of this when I stumbled across this video on the Wall Street Journal’s Web site. A Wall Street Journal writer interviews Michelle DeAngelis, the author of a new book, “How to get a Life that Doesn’t Suck.”
I think a lot of folks today think their lives suck a bit. They may be out of work and unable to find a new job. They may be fearful that their job is going to be yanked out from under them at any second. They may be taking on new duties at their job with no increase in pay. They may be taking yet another unpaid furlough day.
And while the job offers and raises have certainly stopped, the bills haven’t. Those come right on time every single month. It’s enough to ramp up the stress levels in most families.
I still have a good life. I have a wonderful, loving family. I have good friends. And I still have a job doing what I — mostly — love. But to be perfectly honest, I’d love to get rid of some of the suckier parts that I didn’t have to deal with just two years ago.