Would you look at those eyebrows! If you don’t know who Susan Boyle is by this point, you must have been sleeping under a rock. Or, you just don’t follow all the hoopla surrounding manufactured television that tugs at the heart strings you no longer have. Either way, all unemployed people should know this month’s unemployed hero, 47-year-old Susan Boyle, who was catapulted into fame a couple weeks ago after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent.
Susan Boyle gained notoriety for supposedly never having been kissed, living alone with her cat, and being an unemployed charity worker. In a way, the rest of the unemployed world identify with her because she is exactly who they fear they will become if they don’t get back to work soon. There’s something about being cooped up all day, left alone to think too many thoughts, to make the unemployed wonder whether they’ll ever recover from this “economic downturn.” Panic sets in when they start thinking they’ll never get a job, they’ll never find someone who accepts their chronic unemployment, and that they’ll end up having to use their unemployment checks to buy cat food for an inevitable cat lady/man lifestyle.
But the thing that sets Susan Boyle apart from the rest of the unemployed is that after a life of settling for things being the way they were, she got out of her house and dared to do something outside her realm – she put herself in front of millions of critics and one Mr. Simon Cowell. Sure, she might have settled for a lifestyle that the audience obviously criticized without giving her a chance. However, she worked for most of her life towards something she was passionate about, singing, and took a chance to make something out of it. There are plenty of unemployed people out there who probably feel like they’re destined for greater things, but they’ve settled with jobs, letting their dreams die. Learn from Susan Boyle, folks! The government’s giving you the chance to make some money while doing nothing, why not spend this time on a passion project before settling for yet another desk job? If you play your cards right, sell your soul to the media, you might even get a makeover complete with tweezed eyebrows!