Oh, man. How’s that headline for some added stress?
Before I tear your world down, let me begin with a little story. Last night, I drove for three hours. For anyone who dreads Sunday nights, commuting in any way, shape or form is a recipe for hating your life. During the drive, I had the brutal realization that I’m turning 30 in three months. I looked over at my girlfriend and said, “I feel like I wasted a lot of my twenties,” while the soundtrack of You’ve Got Mail played in the background. Not a lot was said after that.
You know that part from Billy Madison where Billy shakes the kid and tells him to stay in middle school as long as he can? You know, this one:
That’s pretty much how you feel while exiting your twenties and taking that deep dive into your thirties. And this study only solidifies that notion. Brace yourself, especially if you hate your job.
So, it turns out that if you’re unhappy with your job while you’re in your twenties, you’re way more apt to experience depression, anxiety, insomnia, back pain, and more frequent colds once you hit your forties. Don’t blame me for relaying this information, though. Blame THE Ohio State University who tracked the job satisfaction of 6,432 people between ages 25-39. Of those people, 45 percent weren’t satisfied with their current gigs whereas 23 percent of them said that their job satisfaction was lacking at the beginning of their careers. If I’m just being honest here, that number seems low. But hey, I’m just a guy who blogs for a living.
The people that reported dissatisfaction? They also reported “worse mental health issues, including excessive worry,” which was 15 percent more than those who liked their jobs. This shouldn’t really surprise anyone, because slaving away for your entire life doing something you hate can change a man. Luckily for all parties involved, there was no increase in the likelihood of getting cancer or diabetes among those who hated their jobs which means we’re all just as likely to acquire a life-changing disease whether we love our lives or not.
The takeaway here? The Sunday Scaries are going to linger as long as you let ’em, guys. Keep pounding.