I used to practice law but got tired of clients, so I quit and started tutoring online. Mostly for standardized tests: SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and GMAT. A good amount of math as well. I was planning on just tutoring to make ends meet until I figured out what I wanted to do next, but it took off almost immediately and within a month I was making more than I ever did practicing law. The tutoring was mostly online, so I decided to start traveling. That's what I've been doing the last 4 years and I've visited 30+ countries in that time – all while tutoring online.
I've been bored with the tutoring for a while though, and at the end of 2020 decided to take 2021 to figure out what I really want to do. So I quit tutoring and planned out some things to try throughout the year. First up was harvesting cilantro with migrant field workers.
I wanted to do this first to get a sense of what "real work" is: work that is back breaking and tedious. I also wanted experience with work that I'm 100% certain is beneficial to society. When I was practicing law and tutoring I always struggled with a sense that it was work that didn't really matter. I was just helping shuffle money between corporations and helping students with the rat race of admissions – not truly teaching them anything. With harvesting cilantro I'm confident that I'm providing actual sustenance and flavor to society.
I started a Substack to document my journey if you'd like to follow along. In the meantime, I'd love to answer any questions you may have.
I'm tired of seeing guys on Reddit and Quora and in real life, stating things like, "Well if that woman would have just gotten an IUD" when she had an unplanned pregnancy, or "They need to provide free IUD's and better education" in countries where many poor people have pregnancies..
Firstly- poor people should be allowed to have babies too.
Secondly-- yes, I support the idea of education and free IUD's and birth control-- but female BC is not just some super easy thing and there is a problem of this being pushed on people. It's not fair to push the problem of systemic poverty and population control solely onto women by pushing them to take the pill and get IUDs. Plus we are constantly told that IUD's and birth control pills are super easy and painless and have no side effects-- and this is a lie. We need honestly from our doctors. Many women have some kind of side effect to birth control pills and this information is still skewed and dishonest. It's so hard to find research regarding mental health and birth control pills. Some studies suggest birth control is strongly correlated to depression, but even with this information, people never want to acknowledge it. They just want to keep women in charge of birth control and not support men's right to birth control. Hey, why aren't there MRA's out there fighting for more male birth control options? hmmm.. I wonder...
Also- IUD's aren't just like, wha bam, super easy breezy. Some women say they barely felt it, but many women say that insertion was extremely painful, some say even the most painful thing they've ever experienced.
I'm tried of the burden of birth control being forced only on women. We need to share this burden with men. Women tend to keep their struggles and pain regarding their female body parts, including trans women who get monthly cramps and PMS type symptoms from hormones. So when we get all these side effects we usually keep it to ourselves and collectively so. We are told our complaints are nothing. We tell our doctors and they shrug in our faces.
You can read here of women complaining about IUD insertion. What's even more sad is we are told pain is so rare and unusual, so they don't even regularly give the pill suppository to soften the cervix the day before, to make insertion easier. They should obviously give it to everyone: [https://www.reddit.com/r/endometriosis/comments/kf4ejh/is_mirena_iud_removal_as_painful_as_insertion/](https://www.reddit.com/r/endometriosis/comments/... keep reading on reddit ➡
Context: OP is a former lawyer and online tutor who claims to make 6 figures while traveling. After getting bored of lawyering and tutoring, OP decided to harvest cilantro to experience 'back breaking work'. He decides to do an AMA. Oh yeah, and OP just happens to have a blog to promote his journey.
If you look at his post history, one of his most recent submissions is asking about using the website "medium" to make money. He describes how he wants to transition to that full time from what his gig back then was. Medium and Substack are basically websites in the exact same business: monetizing articles and blogs. CatoTheFi is not working the fields for ethical reasons. He's trying to establish a lifestyle blog and ethics is one of the aspects of the brand he wants to associate with it. He isn't unsure about what he wants to do with his life. He knows what he wants to do with his life, and that is continue his current lifestyle and transition to writing about all the wonderful things he gets to do with the money his subscribers help him make.
Did you ever consider doing something that's actually beneficial for the world, like donating most of your salary to an efficient charity? Buying mosquito nets saves about one life per $3500. Assuming you make $30k/year now and were making $100k before, you could be saving 20 lives per year instead of patting yourself on the back for harvesting cilantro.
My name is Hasan Oswald and I am a filmmaker who made the documentary film HIGHER LOVE in Camden, NJ with no professional experience, no budget, and no crew. Using YouTube to learn all things film and selling my blood plasma to make ends meet, I somehow pulled off a zero-budget Indie hit. My film HIGHER LOVE is now available across all North American cable/satellite Video on Demand platforms. International release coming soon. Ask me anything!
WHERE TO WATCH: https://www.higherlovefilm.com/watch
Website with trailer: https://www.higherlovefilm.com
Instagram: higherlovefilm (https://www.instagram.com/higherlovefilm/)
A bit of context here: I'm originally from Syria and I spent around 7-8 months in Sudan, Africa and that country being a third world country and super poor didn't have any good jobs but at the same time prices were so cheap you can live with only around 100USD a month (rent, bills, food and water) BUT Gasoline was expensive to the point you might need around 50~100USD just for commuting to work (so it comes to around 200 per month if you're going to work by any kind of transportation).
As for jobs, the best you can do without prior experience is either work in a restaurant or a factory for at most 100USD which meant you had to be close to the job or get them to cover transportation.
So, around 5 months ago, I got in contact with a restaurant owner and talked with him about a job offer I saw.
The job we talked about was being a warehouse manager for the restaurant, my shift starts at 8am and ends at 6pm, 7 days a week with only 1 vacation day per month, and I get 1 Sandwich per day as lunch and 1 meal per week to take home, I asked about the salary and he said we will discuss it later, I asked how I will organize the warehouse and he said he will provide me with a Laptop to work on later, I agreed to work a trial period of a week and then we will discuss the salary and see if it works out.
First day on the job he hands me the keys of their warehouse and when I open it I find a GLORIOUS MESS, I ask my co-workers about it and they said "no one has worked as a Warehouse manager for the past few months".
I go in and start looking at what we have in the Warehouse and taking notes then I started a new Google account on my phone and made a new Excel Sheet on it and sorted everything there, by the end of day one I had went through most of the things in the Warehouse and I only have two words to describe what I saw there "HOLY SHIT" it was such a mess the workers didn't even know what they have in that warehouse, i.e. they need Mustard and they don't find it the moment they look at the shelves? They buy a new box. And I can say for sure the Warehouse was left like this for more than a year, Because I found meat in the freezer that was EXPIRED SINCE MORE THAN 2 YEARS AGO. (I'm never gonna eat anything with meat in it from that restaurant)
2nd day on the job, I started Actually doing my job by ordering new supplies, sorting the list I made on my phone by type so we can find items in it quickly, putting away the expired products, etc.
During my second day and ou... keep reading on reddit ➡
I(34f) just quit my job as a nurse at a children's hospital. A little girl(7f) had to be rushed to hospital and ended up having to stay for about a week.
She was a sweetheart and I tend to become attached and care a lot about the kids that I help so its really devastating when we aren't able to save the patients if they end up passing.
Well sadly this girl unfortunately died and I was heartbroken. I've seen patients die and every time it happens it breaks my heart. I ended up quitting my job because I didn't want to see anymore children die and me being unable to save them. My husband was mad when he heard this saying that having some patients die is just part of the job and that I need to grow up but in all honesty it depresses me more and more every time it happens. What should I do
Edit:he knows I have money saved up for situations like this
Edit 2: after thinking about it for a few hours I decided to leave him for treating my mental health like its not important
I’m 22F and I started playing for the first time about a month ago. I picked it up to spend more time with my boyfriend and friends during covid. I’ve played Nintendo games my whole life and am really into Minecraft but nothing like League.
It’s a hard game. There’s a huge learning curve, but at first I thought it was really fun. I started yuumi, then poppy, now galio. I’m bad, obviously, since I just started, but I feel like I’m making progress.
The problem is, my friends are ranked pretty high so when I play with them I just feed a lot of the time. They don’t mind, but for me it’s really not fun. So then I decided to start playing on my own. And that’s when I started to feel like I should quit.
For example, a game I played today by myself: I was playing Galio top against a mordekaiser who I looked up on op.gg and has been platinum for several seasons. I’m level 25. So I fed and lost my lane. I was really frustrated, but I told myself it was just one game and it wasn’t a big deal. Until my team’s yone starts flaming me, telling me I’m terrible, calling me dogshit, blaming me for his deaths etc. Then moved onto all chat saying “I’d be fed too if I was playing a bot” and “Galio built armor btw :)” and stuff. And I just felt so bad about myself.
It’s situations like that where I just feel like league doesn’t allow beginners. Like if you haven’t been playing for years by now don’t even try. My boyfriend tells me to mute the chat, but I actually use it, (like asking where to go or whether we should set up for dragon etc) since I’m trying to learn. If I play by myself I get bullied for being bad, if I play with friends I feed bc the lobby is too high level.
Should I just quit?
> The Undersigned respectfully requests leave of this Court to withdraw as counsel for Plaintiff in this action pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 1.16(b)(3) and (4) inasmuch as the client has used the lawyer's services to perpetuate a crime and the client insists upon taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant and with which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement. > Jerome M. Marcus
Marcus is the lawyer who, on November 5, 2020, argued that Trump campaign observers were prohibited from observing vote counting in Philadelphia. When asked if observers were in the room, he answered, "There’s a non-zero number of people in the room." The judge replied, "I'm sorry, then what’s your problem?” and dismissed the case.
I’m done. I’m tired of being yelled at by entitled patients and their family members. I’m tired of disconnected administrators with their inane policies. I’m tired of working 12 hours with no break or lunch for months.
No more, enjoy being taken care of by brand new nurses that give whole bottles of nitroglycerin and start amio on the wrong patient.
I’m not gonna have my mask ripped off anymore. I’m not gonna deal with their tantrums anymore. Good luck to the rest of you, but I’ve saved up enough I can sit out the rest of this
epidemic pandemic (thanks u/rotti5115).
I’m a 30 y/o M completing a medical residency in 18 months. My wife (28F) is currently employed as a computer programmer with a company she has grown to hate. She’s quitting in a month which I think makes sense. No kids.
She says she’s pretty burned out which I totally get. Working from home without a lot of social interaction during COVID has definitely taken its toll, and the work isn’t what she imagined she’d be doing when she took the job two and half years ago.
Presently, she’s saying she wants to take a few months off after quitting and has the finances to do so (let’s say she has approx $20,000 available in addition to some help from me). However, she’s quitting without having another job lined up, and would like to focus on a hobby for the foreseeable future: writing a book. She has no formal training as an author, and really hasn’t invested any amount of time Into this over the past six months. Just keeps saying it’s what she’d like to do. Over the next 18 months I would be unable to transition to solely supporting us due to my fixed residents salary.
The whole thing makes me feel a bit uncomfortable because I feel like at this stage in our lives, building income towards a home down payment, retirement, continuing to build emergency funds and having insurance is essential. By quitting and not having any source of income for months into the future, she would be making zero contribution to these things that seem really important to me and seem to be typical things basic financial advice people recommend. I realize they may not hold the same priority to her.
We’ve discussed that I’m not sure this feels like a good idea several times, and she leaves the convo upset. I want her to quit, refresh, and find something else and not stifle her creativity, but going without additional income for many months at a time seems like a danger zone, but is what she really wants.
Do I need to readjust my line of thinking to be less uncomfortable? Is there anything different I can be doing to try and support her? Anyone with real life examples of this working out?
Tl:dr: My wife wants to quit a steady job to try and be an author over several months without any backup job lined up and this makes me uncomfortable.
UPDATE: This got more popular than I would have expected. Thank you so much for the many people with many points of view who have commented. One of my flaws I realized in reading these responses is that I have been I’m conflating her burnout from wo... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’m not going to pretend to speak for every nurse in Dallas. This is just me. Lately, I’ve been thanked for what I do and been called a hero. And at first I felt appreciated, but now it’s getting old. And here’s why.
I’m just a regular person. I have a husband and a kid and we live in an apartment. Our kid goes to day care and my husband works full time from home. I work 5 days a week. I’m JUST LIKE YOU. Which means I’m trying to parent, work, and get regular, normal everyday things done. Like laundry. And food. Just like you. Only now my job is more overwhelming that it’s ever been. Until 2020, there was basically nothing at my job that threatened my well-being (or my family’s).
I took two weeks off from work because I am completely outnumbered and overwhelmed. Every phone call gives me a jerk of adrenaline that doesn’t fade throughout the day. Every positive case needs education, counseling, reporting to the health department, and sometimes contact tracing. People get mad at me because I follow the rules. People get mad because they don’t think the rules are strict enough. Some people think I have the power to tell others what to do and how to live their lives. Spoiler alert: I don’t. I administer covid tests. I drive through neighborhoods after work and see kids playing in large groups without masks outside.
I’m not your hero. I just happen to be a person who has to deal with the consequences of this pandemic. I’m taking some time off to take care of myself so that I can take care of others again.
So here’s my ask in the spirit of taking care of myself. If you’re looking for a hero, I need it to be you. Because I can’t do it right now. I need you to step up and stop going out to eat. You know what I miss? Brunch at Toulouse. We ordered from there this morning and when my husband, kid, and I drove to pick it up, it was packed. Sure, every other table was empty, but c’mon guys. Obviously, we took it home, but my steak was cold by the time I ate it and I didn’t want to microwave the medium-rare out of it.
Stop going out to eat. Stop meeting for book club without masks. Stop going places while you’re waiting for your PCR test results to come back. Stop having/going to large weddings. Wear masks around your family that you don’t live with. Yes, even in your houses. Make your kids wear masks at sports/activities. Trust me, they can breathe. No, they’re not “too hot”. It’s not 100 degrees out and everywhere else is air conditioned. I take care of kids... keep reading on reddit ➡
Basically this job gives you a sign on bonus for. Being there for 3 months, I got a different job after a month and thought that was that. This evening I received the check for said sign on bonus in the mail. Is there anyway to keep this or is it just a waste of paper or effort for me?
I'd like to keep it as money is always good, but I've heard of people being forced to pay it back.
The check was taxed as well so I dont know if that will change anything if I cash it or not.
Edit:Wow this blew up. I haven't done anything with the check yet out of mainly indecision. It doesn't void for awhile so I got time to think about it. It was from a Target Distribution Center, It was for $500, and they were doing it last year because of the pandemic they lost people and needed a lot more people for the holiday season. I started in August and left in September so I never saw that. Thank you to everyone who commented, if nothing else it was very entertaining lol.