A lot of the choices I've made, throughout my life and especially the last couple of years, have been due to the fact that I've had the privilege to make them.
I chose to study the Humanities on my parent's dime, because I was able to do so with little sacrifice on my side. I took my time, four years instead of three, because I was not able to handle a year in which a lot of shit happened - so I let my studies go and had to re-do a year.
I still feel guilty about that.
I had considered taking a year off between BA and going on to an MA, because, well, obviously
I'll be doing an MA. This is the way the life of a privileged middle class girl goes, right? But first, I should probably get onto a career path of some kind. I enjoyed the Library, I loved being in the Library and I had various Librarian role models that made me think that being a Librarian was a good idea.
Well, the studies made me want to kill myself and the more I thought about where I wanted to go with my life, the notion of being on that path looked less and less like the thing I wanted to be.
So I decided to drop out.
I feel guilty about that too.
It's "another" thing I started and didn't finish. It's another "phase" that fizzled out because I got "bored". Never mind that the studies, depressed me to a degree to which I hadn't felt in a long while, probably not the subject matter itself (though really, my brain felt like it was leaking out of my skull while I was in class), but the frame of being in school, again.
I enjoy learning. But studying...
I feel guilty about the choosing to veer away from this plan, without a backup plan. I'm still unemployed, living off my savings at the moment, working on the side for my father so that I don't sink utterly. There's not a bit of shame involved in that, despite it being a concious choice I made.
And wouldn't you know, I feel guilty about that, as well.
The thing is, my parents were paying for these studies as well and I just couldn't have that any more.
I'm 26, and moved out and still, my parents were paying for my life.
You know, I'd much rather suck up the shame and ask them for help with the rent, than have them help me coast through life just so I can be put on a career path that was numbing me out.
I'm still numb, because I am overwhelmed by death, disease and the feelings of failure that will probably not leave me until I get a job, because I am nothing if not a loyal subject to the economic system.
But ever since I made the choice of leaving school, I've felt lighter and more at ease with the my guilt. I feel guilty for letting down my parents, not for making a choice they think is a mistake - because it's not a mistake for me. I feel guilty for not being financially secure at the moment, but I know that's a dynamic situation that can and will change and it's less to do with me personally and more to do with the structure of work force.
I feel guilty that everything is coming to a head at a time where there has been a death in the family and we are about to begin to revolve around a disease which we thought we wouldn't have to deal with again.
But nothing goes according to plan.
So really, why feel guilty?
For now, it's an outlet for me. Feeling all my feelings through the prism of guilt. It motivates me to try and not
feel guilty. Feeling guilty informs me that I am being manipulated, in one way or another.
Feeling guilty reminds me that it could be worse. It reminds me of my privilege, I suppose.
Yesterday though, a song came on my shuffle that really helped me put it somewhat in perspective:Hand In My Pocket - Alanis Morissette( no one's really got it figured out just yet )