Despite my silence, life is definitely happening.
Except, of course, the one thing that I really, really want to happen.
Not so much.
But, what we are having is another round of cuts at work. That’s always unbelievable fun right? This time felt even worse than the previous one(s) since someone I’ve worked with pretty closely since I started (I even interviewed with him!) was let go.
And it’s funny because I’ve FINALLY gotten my butt into gear and started to actually schedule some acupuncture consults/initial treatments and yesterday I finally used this grou.pon that I bought back at the beginning of the year and had a consult/mini-treatment..and…part of the reason I actually felt so motivated is because of how stressed out I’ve been lately. Over work…and being overworked. Two weeks ago I started “backing up” a fourth person who moved out from the mothership and while I appreciate the confidence that they must have in me to have me support so many peoples’ business…it’s…a…lot. Like a freaking lot. I’ve literally only had time to go get myself lunch ONE day this week so far out of four. Since two of my team members are out again tomorrow, my guess is I won’t be able to tomorrow either, but we’ll see.
I have to time my bathroom breaks. People are always asking me for shit. Every. Fucking. Minute. Of. The. Day.
For eleven hours.
I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about work. I think about work on Saturday mornings. Mostly I’m thinking about how I’m not learning fast enough and need to read more and omg what if people start to question why I don’t know more than I do after nine months?!
And then I breathe into a paper bag for awhile (oh and this past Saturday morning in particular, I strongly considered taking one of the anti-anxiety pills they gave me at the hospital last year but eventually decided against it since I really didn’t want to see what fun side effect might come along with shoving yet another pill into my system).
And I realized while I was thinking about all this that I’m a very tightly wound person by nature. I am easily irritated. Even by the little things. Maybe, especially by the little things. And I’m pretty sure my job is only aggravating that lovely trait because I look around me and everyone I work with is sort of the same way. I guess because it’s our job to make sure things are done perfectly and um, well, life is the opposite of perfect.
When I told my friend this morning that I need to be more zen-like and calm, he told me, “If you’re looking for relaxing you’re in the wrong industry.” I’m not discounting other peoples stress at all, but I’m pretty sure that there aren’t that many jobs where you feel more constant pressure (other than military and those who are dealing with peoples’ lives). There’s a lot of money at stake and things are usually moving very quickly. A small mistake can cost the firm a lot of money (client’s too, but that usually also ends up costing the firm money when the client gets pissed and stops doing business with us). And as the person in the middle, you have no real power, but you will get all the blame from both sides. Part of our job (and yes, we are paid pretty well for it) is simply to absorb a ton of abuse and think of ways to circumvent the abuse by minimizing everyone else’s mistakes by anticipating said mistakes and somehow preventing them.
You have to be “on” all the time, just in case. And when you actually have to physically leave the desk to, God forbid, pee, if someone needs you while you’re off, that’s your fault. Bodily functions are not an acceptable excuse. ‘Cause you should have been there.
So I was thinking, I’m essentially I’m a person with a disease that is aggravated by stress in a job where I will be stressed out by default.
Is that smart?
I’m thinking probably not.
But, I really can’t afford to not have a job or even take a lower paying one so…I’m completely stuck. I was wondering if I’d view being let go as a sign from God, I think I would have, but I definitely am thankful that I wasn’t.
I just need to overcome my stress. Which is why I’m looking into acupuncture.
Hopefully this way I can keep my job (which I actually do like when I look beyond running around like a chicken with my head cut off for eleven hours straight and waking up at 4am) and not give myself a massive flare when I try to taper eventually….