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The upsides to being a NEET

aka How to be unemployed and love it

I love being a NEET.

 

Who wouldn’t?

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a NEET is someone who is Not Employed, in Education or in Training.

 

Basically, a NEET is viewed as a good for nothing layabout who contributes nothing to society.

 

Despite the overwhelmingly negative view of NEETs (especially from themselves), I think there are upsides to being a “bum”.

 

I don’t have to go to work

This is by far the biggest benefit to being a NEET. For me.

 

While I love what I do for a living (well, when I’m employed anyway), I hate having to go to “work”.

 

I hate having to show up to the same office five days a week, see the same people, deal with the same dramas and then pretend to be super happy and grateful about it.

 

It eats me up inside.

 

I don’t know how other people do it day after day and year after year.

 

As a cyclical NEET, I relish my unemployment. It’s freedom from the bullshit of the daily grind.

 

As a content strategist (sometimes), I always have to go into the office to deal with shit that has nothing to do with my job duties.

 

It’s the bane of every content marketer’s existence apart from bullshit meetings.

 

So many meetings. Why?

 

I literally work in intervals so I can enjoy my neetdom in relative financial peace. Until the money's gone.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I always miss the steady stream of money in the form of a check.

 

But I don’t miss much else.

 

Okay, I also miss the camaraderie and the free food and the perks.

 

But that’s it.

 

I still really hate work.

 

 

I can do whatever I want

This relates to what I said before about hating work.

 

At work I can’t be myself because the second I am, I am given the Jazzy Jeff treatment.

 

I never learn my lesson because I am totally awesome at what I do and I can get interviews fairly easily.

 

I’d still rather be unemployed so I can do what I want including starting my own business.

 

If I want.

 

That’s the ultimate freedom and fuck you to everyone else who doesn’t get the NEET lifestyle.

 

I’m not uncomfortable with freedom.

 

I like doing whatever I want even if it ostracizes me. Probably because I tend to be more of an introvert and like to be alone to think…

 

I don’t see myself as the kind of person who does what she wants to make a statement. I think it’s the total opposite.

 

I’m not interested in making any kind of statement (I change my mind a lot).

 

I’m not known for my consistent effort, so making a statement means I have to be locked into something for a while.

 

I do what I want because it’s easier than keeping up with or anticipating trends.

 

I’m not a trendsetter. I’m a dowhateverIwanna-er.

 

Or whatever the actual word for it is.

 

 

I’m free to indulge my curiosity

I think the most important skill a creator needs is curiosity.

 

Without curiosity, no artist can truly create.

 

How could they? There’s no drive to explore beyond what they know or what they see.

 

Without curiosity, life would be a lot more boring and the talented would be a lot more stagnant.

 

Being a NEET means I can be curious about anything and everything. I can learn whatever I want and completely reinvent myself with a new set of skills.

 

I know. This kind of intrinsic motivation and self-improvement is at odds with the traditional NEET lifestyle.

 

The thing is, I don’t like playing video games and I don’t always feel like watching TV.

 

But I always like to learn something new. I love adding to my bag of tricks.

 

I can’t indulge or express my curiosity at work. I get it. It’s work, not play.

 

It’s just ironic that so many companies claim to be an incubator of curiosity (especially my last gig) when in actuality they punish anything that isn’t the status quo.

 

Companies have to spend millions upon millions of dollars trying to court influencers because influencers know how to reach an audience.

 

Why?

 

Because influencers use their curiosity to create and share with others. They try new things. They are different.

 

Companies don’t get that because they only do what’s already been done.

 

Imagine working as a writer and only being able to use the same 30 or so words for every project you worked on.

 

It’s been a while since I was in a formal school setting, but I will never forget the goddamn “Florida Writes!” testing.

 

And it’s lack of flexibility in what would be considered a passing grade.

 

We learned to write by following the same soul killing formula of a five paragraph format:

 

  1. Intro
  2. Body
  3. Body
  4. Body
  5. Conclusion

 

During the test you had to use this format to either write an expository or persuasive essay.

 

I remember waiting until half the time was gone before I started writing. I thought it was a stupid test, but I realized that educators would punish me if I didn’t do it.

 

So my rebellion was always short lived.

 

No wonder so many people hate writing. They take the joy out of it the second you learn how to do it.

 

If that’s not stifling and a death to curiosity I don’t know what is.


 

I get to think all day, everyday

You know what else curious people love to do?

 

Think.

 

I love thinking my thoughts and letting them take me wherever my mind wants to go.

 

I am a leisurely thinker. While some enjoy sipping brandy, I sip my thoughts like a goddamn connoisseur.

 

Know what curious people who love to think hate?

 

Interruptions to their thoughts.

 

Being employed means my way of thinking needs to take a back seat to what the job requires.

 

That’s fair, since I get paid to do and not think. Still, a bit more thinking in the workplace could avoid a lot of wasted effort.

 

If only it was cool to think about things...

 

When I have time to myself, I am free to unravel the mysteries of the world. I can think things every which way without the worry of criticism or fitting in.

 

This is the kind of freedom that is easy to take for granted when you’re fulfilling social obligations or being a corporate cog.

 

 

I get in better shape

Not working a 9-5 means that I have nothing but time do what I want.

 

One of those things is exercising.

 

Again, not a very NEET thing to do, but there it is. I love to exercise and feel good.

 

I wasn’t always an active NEET, but I need exercise to keep my chronic back pain at bay.

 

Exercise and stay pain free or be couch potato and suffer horribly.

 

A no brainer.

 

At my last job, I would wake up at 5 am and get my exercise and writing in before going to work.

 

I never had the energy or desire to do it after work, so mornings were the only time I could.

 

Now that I am free, I work out later in the mornings. At home. I’ve never been a fan of going somewhere to exercise when I can get in shape at home.

 

An anti-social NEET. Shocker.

 

I do a series or workout videos that range from Pilates, HIIT, strength training and stretching. It takes anywhere from 65 to 120 minutes total to complete.

 

My exercise mornings are the most disciplined part of my week and I workout religiously.

 

This regimen keeps me on track and without it I feel lost.


 

I get to improve my craft

I write every single day.

 

All the thinking time fuels the drive to write them all down so I can ponder them later.

 

I write notes. I write essays. I write books. I write ridiculously long texts.

 

I write everything I can.

 

When I am gainfully employed, each and every one of my words is criticized and edited to the point that they are no longer the words I wrote.

 

It kills my soul, but feeds my bank account, but at work I don’t have any say in the words I write.

 

I can’t hone my craft while I’m employed because work hours are spent in meetings and non-work hours are spent doing work.

 

When I am not employed, I have the freedom and the desire to write however the hell I want.

 

This is the time when I most grow. Ironic because companies hire me for the talent and skill I foster when I am away from them.

 

The same skill and talent that they edit out of the work I produce for them.

 

So any time I have to myself is time that I spend doing my absolute best without reprisals from others.

 

I don’t want to be proficient writer or a good content strategist.

 

I want to be the absolute best.

 

No matter what I am tasked to write, I want it to be considered the best of what I can do.

 

And, ideally, better than what most can do.


 

You should go NEET

At least once in your life, you should try being unemployed.

 

Give yourself a well deserved break from the daily grind and do nothing. Do absolutely nothing and enjoy it.

 

No matter how you spend, or waste, your time you will find your own upsides to being a NEET.


 

I love being a NEET.

Who wouldn’t?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a NEET is someone who is Not Employed, in Education or in Training.

Basically, a NEET is viewed as a good for nothing layabout who contributes nothing to society.

Despite the overwhelmingly negative view of NEETs (especially from themselves), I think there are upsides to being a “bum”.

I don’t have to go to work

This is by far the biggest benefit to being a NEET. For me.

While I love what I do for a living (well, when I’m employed anyway), I hate having to go to “work”.

I hate having to show up to the same office five days a week, see the same people, deal with the same dramas and then pretend to be super happy and grateful about it.

It eats me up inside.

I don’t know how other people do it day after day and year after year.

As a cyclical NEET, I relish my unemployment. It’s freedom from the bullshit of the daily grind.

As a content strategist (sometimes), I always have to go into the office to deal with shit that has nothing to do with my job duties.

It’s the bane of every content marketer’s existence apart from bullshit meetings.

So many meetings. Why?

I literally work in intervals so I can enjoy my neetdom in relative financial peace. Until the money's gone.

Don’t get me wrong. I always miss the steady stream of money in the form of a check.

But I don’t miss much else.

Okay, I also miss the camaraderie and the free food and the perks.

But that’s it.

I still really hate work.

I can do whatever I want

This relates to what I said before about hating work.

At work I can’t be myself because the second I am, I am given the Jazzy Jeff treatment.

I never learn my lesson because I am totally awesome at what I do and I can get interviews fairly easily.

I’d still rather be unemployed so I can do what I want including starting my own business.

If I want.

That’s the ultimate freedom and fuck you to everyone else who doesn’t get the NEET lifestyle.

I’m not uncomfortable with freedom.

I like doing whatever I want even if it ostracizes me. Probably because I tend to be more of an introvert and like to be alone to think…

I don’t see myself as the kind of person who does what she wants to make a statement. I think it’s the total opposite.

I’m not interested in making any kind of statement (I change my mind a lot).

I’m not known for my consistent effort, so making a statement means I have to be locked into something for a while.

I do what I want because it’s easier than keeping up with or anticipating trends.

I’m not a trendsetter. I’m a dowhateverIwanna-er.

Or whatever the actual word for it is.

I’m free to indulge my curiosity

I think the most important skill a creator needs is curiosity.

Without curiosity, no artist can truly create.

How could they? There’s no drive to explore beyond what they know or what they see.

Without curiosity, life would be a lot more boring and the talented would be a lot more stagnant.

Being a NEET means I can be curious about anything and everything. I can learn whatever I want and completely reinvent myself with a new set of skills.

I know. This kind of intrinsic motivation and self-improvement is at odds with the traditional NEET lifestyle.

The thing is, I don’t like playing video games and I don’t always feel like watching TV.

But I always like to learn something new. I love adding to my bag of tricks.

I can’t indulge or express my curiosity at work. I get it. It’s work, not play.

It’s just ironic that so many companies claim to be an incubator of curiosity (especially my last gig) when in actuality they punish anything that isn’t the status quo.

Companies have to spend millions upon millions of dollars trying to court influencers because influencers know how to reach an audience.

Why?

Because influencers use their curiosity to create and share with others. They try new things. They are different.

Companies don’t get that because they only do what’s already been done.

Imagine working as a writer and only being able to use the same 30 or so words for every project you worked on.

It’s been a while since I was in a formal school setting, but I will never forget the goddamn “Florida Writes!” testing.

And it’s lack of flexibility in what would be considered a passing grade.

We learned to write by following the same soul killing formula of a five paragraph format:

  1. Intro
  2. Body
  3. Body
  4. Body
  5. Conclusion

During the test you had to use this format to either write an expository or persuasive essay.

I remember waiting until half the time was gone before I started writing. I thought it was a stupid test, but I realized that educators would punish me if I didn’t do it.

So my rebellion was always short lived.

No wonder so many people hate writing. They take the joy out of it the second you learn how to do it.

If that’s not stifling and a death to curiosity I don’t know what is.

I get to think all day, everyday

You know what else curious people love to do?

Think.

I love thinking my thoughts and letting them take me wherever my mind wants to go.

I am a leisurely thinker. While some enjoy sipping brandy, I sip my thoughts like a goddamn connoisseur.

Know what curious people who love to think hate?

Interruptions to their thoughts.

Being employed means my way of thinking needs to take a back seat to what the job requires.

That’s fair, since I get paid to do and not think. Still, a bit more thinking in the workplace could avoid a lot of wasted effort.

If only it was cool to think about things...

When I have time to myself, I am free to unravel the mysteries of the world. I can think things every which way without the worry of criticism or fitting in.

This is the kind of freedom that is easy to take for granted when you’re fulfilling social obligations or being a corporate cog.

I get in better shape

Not working a 9-5 means that I have nothing but time do what I want.

One of those things is exercising.

Again, not a very NEET thing to do, but there it is. I love to exercise and feel good.

I wasn’t always an active NEET, but I need exercise to keep my chronic back pain at bay.

Exercise and stay pain free or be couch potato and suffer horribly.

A no brainer.

At my last job, I would wake up at 5 am and get my exercise and writing in before going to work.

I never had the energy or desire to do it after work, so mornings were the only time I could.

Now that I am free, I work out later in the mornings. At home. I’ve never been a fan of going somewhere to exercise when I can get in shape at home.

An anti-social NEET. Shocker.

I do a series or workout videos that range from Pilates, HIIT, strength training and stretching. It takes anywhere from 65 to 120 minutes total to complete.

My exercise mornings are the most disciplined part of my week and I workout religiously.

This regimen keeps me on track and without it I feel lost.

I get to improve my craft

I write every single day.

All the thinking time fuels the drive to write them all down so I can ponder them later.

I write notes. I write essays. I write books. I write ridiculously long texts.

I write everything I can.

When I am gainfully employed, each and every one of my words is criticized and edited to the point that they are no longer the words I wrote.

It kills my soul, but feeds my bank account, but at work I don’t have any say in the words I write.

I can’t hone my craft while I’m employed because work hours are spent in meetings and non-work hours are spent doing work.

When I am not employed, I have the freedom and the desire to write however the hell I want.

This is the time when I most grow. Ironic because companies hire me for the talent and skill I foster when I am away from them.

The same skill and talent that they edit out of the work I produce for them.

So any time I have to myself is time that I spend doing my absolute best without reprisals from others.

I don’t want to be proficient writer or a good content strategist.

I want to be the absolute best.

No matter what I am tasked to write, I want it to be considered the best of what I can do.

And, ideally, better than what most can do.

You should go NEET

At least once in your life, you should try being unemployed.

Give yourself a well deserved break from the daily grind and do nothing. Do absolutely nothing and enjoy it.

No matter how you spend, or waste, your time you will find your own upsides to being a NEET.

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