How do people have "lives" without being NEET?
First, if you work minimum wage and have no plans of moving up from minimum wage, then of course it's going to seem like people who take vacations are "wealthy".
Second, my first job a few years ago (2014 I think?) was minimum wage in California where it's not exactly cheap to live. I didn't even work full time (40 hours) but I still had money to go out every weekend and afford any groceries or video game I wanted.
Using that job experience I now have a $50/hr job with a high school diploma and some college experience (no degree). I choose to work 50 hours per week, I have every benefit an employer can offer, and in 5-10 years I'll be making at least $150k/year and will probably retire having made just under $200k/year. I'm 26 years old.
There's no excuse not to get out there and find a way to earn a decent living. Most people make the excuse of "I'd rather pursue my interests" or "I don't want to have to dedicate 40 hours per week", which is entirely their prerogative, but then they don't get to complain that they can't afford to take a vacation twice per year (which isn't even a lot of vacation time) when all they do for money is mow their parents' lawns twice per month.
Routines. You'll get used to your schedules, even if you work shifts, like I have my entire working life. You'll find that you have a lot more time than you think you do, either before or after work. You're probably awake for at least 16 hours each day so if work only takes up 11 hours that's plenty of time to run errands or do chores, with being able to spend an hour or two with a friend to boot.
If you don't feel like socializing on your work days (like me), save hanging out until your weekend. If you do that, just make sure to keep up with running errands and doing chores on your work day.
This is what being an adult is about. Some people are motivated to make the most out of it, some people prefer to be NPCs who put in minimal effort.
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