In high school, you hear all your teachers and all the so-called grown folks talking about getting prepared for the “the real world”, for “real life”.
But what is the “real world”?
I recently got my first “real” job since graduating from college in 2010. I like the work, it makes me feel confident because its something I feel can do. However, its alarming and infuriating how similar high school is to my job.
Same bullshittery dealing with many coworkers and managers that you get from condescending teachers, immature brats trying to impress, and bullies. I never believed it when I saw it in movies, but “the real world”(TM) is very much like high school.
College was the greater world of high school. So work is like the greater, greater world of high school I guess. That’s if you manage to get a job.
The “real world” is not even “the real world”. I feel like a cog among cogs in a great big clock sitting in some rich person’s living for decoration.
Sometimes I’m jealous of people who work well in these constructed environments and make it look easy; I wish I had their propensity for “accepting things the way they are” and learning how to operate within the system.
But most of the time, I just think its sad. I see how society is. However, that doesn’t stop me from seeing how things could be, should be, ought to be, or whatever, and always being in the frame of mind wanting, needing, and trying to be a catalyst for change by my very presence.
Looking back on all the “on how things are [in “the real world”(TM)]” advice from school, I can see why society keeps rolling the way it does, under the guise of order, routine, and systemic process. We’re taught from day one exactly how to operate like good little cogs.