Sometimes I write something that makes me look wise or whatever. When I wrote this as a Facebook post this past summer, I was largely encouraging and correcting myself.

You might hate your job, but you're not a slave. No one will kill you if you try to quit. Your boss won't beat you to within an inch of your life for making a mistake or missing a deadline. Your boss has no real power over you, your family or your future.
Sure, he can fire you, but a slave master wouldn't fire a slave for the kind of insurrection that is commonplace at your job. He would tie the slave's limbs to four horses and make the horses run in all directions, pulling the slave into pieces while his "co-workers" watched.

In fact, the only reason you go to work (yeah, cause you probably don't live at "the plantation" do you?) is because you are addicted to your paycheck, and all the bullshit you can buy with it. Yeah, they pay you to do your job, so even if the pay is not enough, you're not a slave.
So your job isn't a plantation, it's more of a crack house. All your boss does is help you get what you need, baby. You're the one who keeps going back in there. Any time you want, you can stop blaming your boss for your problems, and make an exit strategy. You are free to do pretty much whatever you want, no matter what anybody tells you. Getting over your addiction to your bullshit paycheck is hard, but not even close to impossible. Stop digging yourself in deeper, and start climbing out.

It's your choice.
That's freedom.
None of that applies of course if you are an actual slave. There is still such a thing as forced labor, but mostly it just feels that way.  Not trying to shame anyone. I hope it encourages you to take the next step towards the life you want. Feel free to join in the conversation (almost six months late!) about this post on Facebook. Just click here.


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