Pay your dues: “to do something that you do not enjoy in order to have something that you want, or because you feel it is your duty”.
I want to say that I have paid my dues, but I’m not quite sure.
The thing is – I enjoy pretty much everything. And I know that the things that I don’t enjoy are also things that I should enjoy.
This leaves me in a quandary because to have paid my dues, by definition I would have had to do things that I do not enjoy.
Maybe I am saved by the word ‘duty’.
There are things which are my duty to do that can be enjoyable as well as contributing to having paid dues. Things like earning a living; supporting those who are vulnerable or in my care; paying taxes; and being a nice person to those around me.
Okay, maybe paying taxes is not that enjoyable, but when you think about it – you have to have started with something in order to have pay the tax, so at the end of the day paying a tax is really saying that you have something in the first place. So that’s a positive, right?