My first paycheck from my current job was deposited into my bank account. I’ve been staring at those dollars that I received in exchange for my services, and thinking about how much I’ve been paying for them in terms of my physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. My life is draining away before my eyes, both in terms of time lost and the toll it is taking on me personally. Maybe if I was earning significantly more money with this job I could at least console myself knowing that I’d only have to be a slave for awhile before I’d have enough saved up to be liberated from this existence, but that’s not the case. I continue staring at those dollars. It’s not worth it—not at this pay grade and not with how much is being taken from me.