I struggled for years trying to find a job that fit my life. Bartending has become my life, for more reasons than just being able to have a job with fun energy. For now, I’m choosing not to get a formal education, as I’ve said in previous posts. So, this job has really become my everything. School will always be there, a shot at my dreams may not always be though. So, not going right now doesn’t really scare me.
I started bartending after I quit my last job. I’ve been working hourly, minimum wage jobs my whole life. Always being paid bi-weekly, I noticed my savings was never really adding up, no matter how hard I worked. I was maintaining my money, but I knew that wouldn’t cut it for long.
Only about two months into bartending my savings shot up. Not only that, but I noticed I was excited to go to work. I still am. I get paid by how hard I work, I earn my tips. I feel a great sense of pride walking out after a great night.
Don’t get me wrong though, it can be tough at times. My whole schedule is so different from what it used to be. I used to be such an early bird, up before 9 and asleep way before 2am. Now, I wake up around 10am on a good day, and when I work the night shifts; I’m usually finally closing my eyes around 4am.
I’m not complaining here, and this isn’t about the downsides. It’s just a truth.
I am realizing that no matter what I choose to do with my future, it’s going to include things that I don’t necessarily want to do. Things will not always go the way I want them to or the way I planned.
But, back to the brighter side of things.
This job has opened so many doors for me. It has made me find confidence in myself that I didn’t even know was there, and skills I was hiding from myself.
The restaurant/bar industry is a very challenging field, but the results are worth it so far. I see why a lot of people choose this career path. The job fits all my criteria. I want something that’s a challenge for me. Something respectable. As well as something easy for me to pick up on. I want a job where you never know what’s going to happen when you walk in. I don’t want to do the same thing everyday. A chance to meet new people was a must for me also. I don’t know why I’m so fond of talking to a complete stranger, but being behind the bar gives me everything I could ask for in a job, and it’s awesome.
In August, It’ll be my one year mark. I have learned so much from this job, and have fallen in love with all the possibilities of growth.
I’m only gettin’ started.