Have you seen the movie Get A Job? If you answered no, good. Don’t watch it. It’s so, SO bad. But it has Anna Kendrick in it, and lets be honest, I’ll watch just about anything with that girl in it. If you have seen it, you know what I’m talking about when I say it just has such a weird flow. It’s really awkward, and not in the good way. If for whatever reason you still want to see the movie and you haven’t and you’re one of those, “I’ll kill you if you spoil it” people, I would probably stop reading now. (I would rather not die)
But the movie does have a very good and relevant point. It all has to do with the millennial crowd. Me, actually, and maybe even you. The movie gets right into it at the very beginning, talking about how millennials were more or less spoon fed and babied throughout their entire lives. Now lets go ahead and get this over with: yes we were/are treated differently. But look at the people that treat us differently. It’s the baby boomers. They’re the ones that made it this way in the first place. Regardless, there is a lot of truth to it, and frankly, it’s not completely a bad thing.
The beef of the movie has to do with, you guessed it, getting a job. It tackles the problem that many of us are facing these days of coming out of college with this enormous debt looming over us and trying to find a job with a livable wage that will allow us to pay this debt back. The main character finds himself in this exact dilemma, as he sees his own roommates and friends getting jobs, he can’t quite figure out what to do.
He ends up landing a job in corporate America where he has a supervisor micromanaging everything he does, taking every bit of independence and creativity he had. But he stuck this job out because it provided a stable income, and his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) soon loses her job as well and finds herself in the same predicament, so he has to now provide for her too.
Far too many times do we all get stuck in this rut of having to work a certain job just for the sake of getting by. Many of us went through too much schooling to just settle. We’re all in this struggle of wanting to do something with our lives and make a difference but also need stability in a world that can’t provide it. We grew up during a time where stability came at a premium, heck, it still does. We find ourselves doing things we don’t actually enjoy, working with those we don’t even like, and we stick around forever just because we’re too afraid of instability. We’ve been so conditioned and lectured to yearn for stability that the slightest thought of going off the rails puts us in an immediate panic attack.
Ironically enough, the best advice in the entire movie comes from a stripper mid-lap dance. She asks the main character, “if you had a billion dollars, what would you do for a living?” Money drives everything. It drives our wants, our needs, our desires, our lives. There is no denying that. But at what point do we draw the line and let it stop dictating our every choice? Because last time I checked, life wasn’t about being the first person to buy a car, own a home, get the newest phone, or any other materialistic thing. It was about enjoying what you did and contributing to society in a positive light.
So of course the movie ends with Anna Kendrick telling her boyfriend that he doesn’t need to be working this soul sucking job and instead should be doing what he loves. Because he’s too young and talented to be withering away in an office being suppressed. And he tells her it’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life at 22, and that she can do and be whoever she wants to be.
And look, I’m not dogging on corporate America either. I work for corporate America. But I also love what I do and everything about my job and the people I work with. It’s all about finding the thing that makes you not hate waking up every morning and not thinking of your job as just a paycheck. It’s cliche and I hate myself for even saying it, but if you do what you love, the money will always follow.
Here’s a challenge for you all: I want you all to close your eyes and think of your 10 year old self. Would that version of you be proud of you or slap you across the face for what you do today?
Do whatever it is that makes your soul smile.