You’re Not Crazy For Hating Your Job
When did jobs with minuscule pay, borderline-evil employers, and discombobulated workplaces become a rite-of-passage? I dedicate this post to every individual who has ever had the misfortune of hating their primary source of income. For those of you who have never had to experience that miserable walk of shame as you enter a work facility that will turn your smile into a scowl, I pray you never see that day. As I stated in my melodramatic post, Pompee’s Crisis, the quarter-life crisis
Fortunately, I was able to escape the situation from hell when I found a home at a wonderful digital marketing company a year later. Before my glorious escape, I had many doubts about my future. It felt like I squandered all of my had work from college just to be berated and frustrated. I knew I hit a new low when I started to wake up and dread getting ready for my day because I had to go to a job that I despised. During that stressful period, I looked in the mirror and I saw a failure. I couldn’t help but think I was crazy for being miserable at a place that paid my bills. It didn’t help to hear about the success of my fellow peers. At the time, I failed to comprehend that I was going through my quarter-life crisis and that one bad job was the catalyst for it.
After I spoke to my colleagues about my experience, I realized I wasn’t the only person going through a situation like this. I quickly found out that countless people my age went through similar horrors. It was eye-opening hearing a friend of mine tell me that she believed that she failed her parents after taking on an abusive job that massively underpaid her. I’ve read stories of individuals using their bathroom breaks to escape their mundane days. People who have lived twice my lifetime have expressed to me that they unknowingly went through chaotic stints in the early careers that negatively impacted their lives.
For the individuals who can relate to my plight, you are not alone. If you get to a point where you are not happy at your place of employment and it makes you question your overall direction in life, you are not crazy in any way, shape, or form. I was able to get out of my situation and my main motivating factor was a desire to be proud and fulfilled by what I did for a living. For some, it’s not an easy decision to leave their situation with responsibilities such as bills, the oversaturated job market, and an economic crisis. However, making the decision to improve your quality of life by identifying a toxic job or career path is the first step to solving your crisis. If you can’t leave your situation immediately, make the most out of your job while you’re still there. You don’t have to stay at a job you hate just because it provides income for you. Be cognizant of the opportunities out there that will provide you with the ideal combination of utilizing your talents and leaving you emotionally fulfilled. Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and family about your work. Lastly, always remember that your crisis is not permanent and your career does not define you.
Today’s song of the day is “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.” When I went through the crisis that was my old job, I stumbled upon this song and instantly felt motivated. It’s amazing how a song from my childhood galvanized me into leaving my dire situation in order to create a better opportunity for myself. I kept telling myself how I wanted to roam free and eventually become a king.