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I recently started a second regular job on top of my full-time translating post. Two times a week, I finish up work early at my first company, then hightail it to a station thirty minutes away so that I can get to the second company before five. I usually spend the first couple of hours recieving instructions/splitting up the workload with my coworkers. Then they go home, and I work alone and in silence until about 10.30 PM or so.
As a result, I've spent most of the past week feeling incredibly tired. I really love the atmosphere at my second job, and I'm genuinely interested in the work I do. The trouble is having to balance it with Chinese, Japanese, and law classes, freelance translating, occasional volunteering on Saturday mornings, English teaching, and socializing.
Basically, my goal is to save a lot of money in my twenties so that I won't have to worry about retirement later on. A dollar in my twenties is worth a lot more than a dollar in my thirties, so it makes sense to make money while young, stash it away, and invest it wisely. To that end, I've set a goal of saving 100,000 dollars by the time I turn 25. As of this writing, I've been working a year and a half and have about 40,000 dollars. It is eighteen months to my 25th birthday, and I still have 60,000 to go.
I believe it can be done.
When I first came to Tokyo, I had no friends, so I told myself never to refuse an invitation. The policy has worked to remarkable effect - I have more friends now than I did all through high school and college. I never have to worry about what to do on the weekends.
So now I have a similar policy when it comes to money. Basically, any time there is an opportunity to make money in a way that isn't inethical, doesn't infringe on time with friends, and is at least mildly interesting, I will take it.
As with friends, never turning down an opportunity to make money has a synergistic effect. The more translating jobs I take, the better I get at translating. The better I am at translating, the better my chances of getting good freelance gigs.
The funny thing is that I don't really care about money. In fact, my primary goal in amassing this sum is to be able to free myself from money in the future. My dream is to invest my $100,000 and then get to work on what really appeals to me. With a reasonably sized nest egg saved up, I won't have to feel pressured to take a job just because it's good money.
I find it really hard to talk about what I want - perhaps a result of my upbringing. The more I think about it, the more difficult it is to get it out. Essentially, I think that either a career in writing or in criminal investigation, is what would make me the most happy. Starting my own business would also be really interesting.
In any case, the past few weeks have been incredibly busy - I spend the weeks working hard and my weekends out on the dancefloor. I could use some time in a sensory deprivation chamber.