When my teacher asked if I wanted to do the part time English teaching job, it brought up memories I have related to money. When I was living in Texas, I worked at the company my dad was employed at. It was like an internship. It didn't pay much, but I wanted to save up as much money as I could and go to college. However, some things came up and in the end I gave most of my money to others, thus I wasn't able to save up much money or go to college. I don't remember how I felt at that time very well, but it was irritating to give my money to other people. But, I was giving it in order to help someone important, so I didn't think I had much of a choice.
After the internship ended, I didn't have any job. Before that job, and for 2 or 3 years afterward, I was a NEET (a Japanese term for someone that is Not Employed, getting an Education, or Trying to do so). I didn't really feel like finding a job. But, by coincidence and with my dad's help, I was able to get a job where he worked again. That job was tough and stressful at first, but I worked hard and got through it. My coworkers were funny and were like my friends, so I didn't really feel like I was working. With that job, I was able to save a lot of money.
About a year and a half later, my dad lost his job and found another one far away from where we lived. I've previously written about this before, but I had to decide whether to move out and become independent, or to follow my family. After I decided to follow my family, I continued working for another week. During that week, one of my coworkers said something interesting. He kept saying, "Time to man up!" In other words, he was telling me to move out on my own. But, I wasn't really interesting in being manly, so even if I was told that, it didn't really affect me.
Several years later, after I had gotten into college, I did volunteer work in an English classroom in order to become an English teacher myself. I worked hard and got lots of experience through that work. I talked about my experiences with my Japanese teacher as well. When I told her that I was going to continue volunteering during the next quarter, she said, "You need to get paid!" I wasn't really close with the teacher, so it was a little weird for her to say that. Not only that, but I didn't think I needed any money because I was gaining some experience. Just getting that experience was enough, I thought.