If you haven’t heard of or listened to “The Burnout Generation”, it is definitely worth it! It is a new book available on Audible written by Helen Petersen about individuals that are working 2-3 jobs, have difficulty paying their student loans, and feel consistently exhausted by the continual t0-do-list they are pressured to complete. Helen Petersen interviews various persons across the United States of different cultures, races, SES backgrounds, and sexes and their experiences in the workforce.
I am not of the same generation as Helen Petersen, but I definitely understand and am experiencing her exact problems. I think 80-90% of individuals in the workforce feel exactly the same way as this author. Student loans, the high cost of bills, and unrealistic expectations by employers seem to be at the root of the problem. The role of social media as an advantage and disadvantage also seem to lead to factors of burnout.
Is burnout a new phenomena or did our parents experience it and just push through these horrible feelings? Are young people and those that work multiple jobs truly experiencing a phenomena that hasn’t been experienced before in this nation? Is this phenomena a reflection of our isolation from each other and our incessant need for social media? As someone that homeschools my own children and is a YouTube creator, I definitely feel that isolation. I definitely don’t feel burnout anymore, though. I quit my job as a public school teacher and moved into a mobile trailer with my family. We will own our home in 5 years and will only be paying $350.00 a month to live in this trailer park after this time. Is it crazy that I really am not anxious to own a home, anymore?
We have 1100 square feet, 2 bathrooms, and our cost of living is extremely minimal. YouTube TV is $50.00 a month and our electricity and heating costs are also minimal. My burnout is done because I don’t accept the bullshit “American Dream” that owning a giant home and perfect cars makes a person happy. My children and I play lots of board games and video games and are able to go more places because we won’t be indebted to a house for the next 30 years. We are actually saving up to buy our own home some day, instead of paying the bank all of our money for the next 30 years. After my student loans started knocking at the door, I realized I didn’t want to play the game anymore and be house-poor. I wasn’t happy and I definitely feel a sense of peace that I’ve never felt before.