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Name: Jake Turner
Dreams of: Being a chef, musician and jujitsu fighter
It has been a really good start to 2021.
I’ve been working now for about a month and have been loving my new job. I’m running a food preparation kitchen and it’s really helped me keep on track with living a healthy lifestyle. I’m staying at my girlfriend’s family’s house. I’ve watched her mum cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a wide variety of foods, while working a full-time job. It’s made me reflect a lot on the bad habits I have had my whole life. It’s completely different and I’ve decided, I need to work so I can show my own family what life can be like. I know I won’t be able to do anything for them without an income.
I live with my dad and my brother. They know I’m writing about my life, and their part in it, here. There is no room at my mum and stepdad’s for me to stay, as my two younger siblings live with them, and I respect that. I feel it’s time to grow up.
Every time I stay at my own house, though, I feel there’s no hope for something better, like the energy is just too low. There could be so much more. When I come home to stay for work, in my head I just think, why do we live like this? I look around and there’s just clutter everywhere. I feel like, in this house, there isn’t much drive for bigger and better things.
Maybe living with my mum from a young age has given me a belief that we all have the capability to get whatever we aspire to. I fear that if I don’t strive for the best, I’ll end up with the same habits as my father and brother. Habits I do not want.
Sometimes, after I write my music and do my Tafe homework, I’ll join my brother in his room to play video games. But every time I play video games I get so depressed. Afterwards I realise it’s because I literally achieved nothing and now saying this, I worry that my brother might feel the same way, but just can’t break it. I’ve tried so hard to bring my brother out of the cycle I feel he’s stuck in. I’m still conflicted with whether it’s a bad thing – to be at him in that way. But I feel as a family working together, we could get so much more than we have. We could start a garden. Help out in community centres. Go for runs to stay fit. It’s not bad, but in the back of my mind, I want things to change, not just for me and my family, but for the whole world, we can make this an even better place.
Over the last couple of years I’ve realised I have to be the one to show them that they can do this. That you can have a job and have a healthy life. That you can escape this trap. Do I know if it will work? I’m not sure, but I’m going to try.
I’m 19 years old and I’m forging a new path of my own. I’ve never been on Centrelink, I am a qualified chef in commercial cookery and am currently doing my certificate 4 studies at Tafe. I’ve been working since I was 16, five days a week. I am in the process of recording my first album in my room and train everyday in mixed martial arts to one day fight in the UFC.
I care so much about my family, but I’m going to have to be by myself for a while. I feel I must move out, even with this pandemic happening. I’m not going to let it stop me. What they don’t know is I’m doing this all for them.
I aspire to be the one to give my family opportunities they thought they’d never get in their lives. I don’t know why I aspire, maybe while writing this I’ll realise it, but I just feel deep down this is what I’ve got to do. I need to show them there’s more to life than video games and playing on your phone. Things like exercise, study, using your creativity. I have to admit during Covid it’s been very hard to do these things – the exercise and work and that – but it has given me a lot of free time with the creativity side of things.
It’s hard to think I might not be training soon as we might have a second round of Covid here in New South Wales, but I’ll always be optimistic. Yes the economy is pretty screwed up, yes a second wave will have an affect on the speed of my progression, yes it’s going to be hard, but I’ve gotten so far in my life and I am determined to not let this defeat me.
I want to show my family that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I want to give them no more worries. I’ll do it all.
Source: The Guardian
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