Take the L

I have had my ass kicked by life many times. The hardest part is usually the humility to admit that I lost. I was making $50k a year and the pandemic erased that and I found myself with my tail between my legs applying for minimum wage retail last summer. After seeking out a solid winter, having many things bounce my way that usually wouldn't, I was feeling pretty good going into spring. I dusted myself off with some of these small successes and re-applied to my former life. I got some positive news, but with the pandemic, I remain hesitant to any good news. Late last week I was talking in person to from my 2019 life and not only were they happy to see a familiar face, but they were in awe of my resilience and determination to my industry to stick it out. To re-apply. To get my ass kicked and stand back up and walk back through the door. To have taken on retail(which I still do) and kept my sense of humour. Things are dependent on the summer but should things stay open and the world be normal, I am going back to what I love with a bonus waiting for me at the front door. Taking the L sucks. It sucked. But that's life.


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what the fuck are you talking about?

Jun 17, 2022 at 8:54pm

why all the secrecy? What industry were you working in? And what does the phrase "after seeking out a solid winter" mean? What is a "solid" winter? Also, when you said "determination to my industry" did you mean 'commitment' to your industry or perhaps determination to got back into your industry?
If it's any consolation, I also make $50k a year and after all the taxes and deductions, I net around $36k. Almost nothing left to save after inflation and the high cost of living so it still feels like I'm on minimum wage.

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I can't figure out

Jun 18, 2022 at 10:45pm

what the L you are talking about

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Jun 20, 2022 at 4:17am

It’s humbling when the world kicks your ass. It’s happened to me more than once. But good for you for having the resilience to not let it keep you down. And like another commenter said, earning a higher salary isn’t always as good as it sounds because being in a higher tax bracket means that the government will take a larger percentage of it. Unless you’re earning significantly more, sometimes it’s not worth the additional stress just for a few extra bucks take home pay.

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