A little update on my personal life. I have started working, yessiree, I have found a job at a department store.
Otherwise known as (ominous drum roll) …retail.
I ask every single person who’s worked retail to forgive me for thinking it was simple and easy.
Two days, I’ve done it for two days, for a four hour shift, and I already know this is going to be hard.
And I’m doing seasonal. So it’s about to get really crazy.
I’m a young person, but I was sore after putting stuff on shelves for a couple hours. My hat would be off to anyone who does that all day long.
Or to those who work (gulp) harder jobs for a even longer.
I guess necessity is the mother of stamina. Even though I have voluntarily done hard work, needing a paycheck really makes you stick to it. Even when you feel cruddy, as I have been. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here. I bet all of you guys have already had this experience.
The one thing I can’t claim to have superior understanding of is having a job. This is my third, but my first set up like a regular position that most people would even think of as a job.
Though I maintain that dealing with parents and children every week is just as challenging in it’s own way. My babysitting position was at least as complicated as retail, even if it was less physically demanding (in some ways.)
Anyway, so this is all pretty new.
I don’t even know if I’m good at it yet, and neither do my bosses. Two days doesn’t tell you that. But I’m not terrible, so there’s that consolation.
By the by, if i sound pessimistic, that’s just my sarcastic sense of humor. I’m actually not a pessimist. I try not to be.
I’m wavering between hoping I’ll exceed all expectations, and feeling certain I’ll blow them.
Maybe you guys are in a place like that right now. Or you have been, certainly, in the past.
I’ve had to except that while academically I soar, when it comes to just plain work, I have to learn with as much trouble as anyone.
I may be a smart worker, but that doesn’t mean I automatically know how everything should be done, or even how I can do it. I didn’t learn to ride a back faster than the average person, I’m not learning how to drive any faster, I don’t have exceptional sports skills.
I actually have a terrible time opening a combination lock because I never went to a high school that used one.
If you’re also a person who tends to be really good at a lot of things, and just average in others, you can probably relate. There is usually a balance.
every now and then we hear about those Leonardo Da Vinci and Thomas Jefferson types who are all around good at pretty much everything. (Not fair.) But the rest of us tend to fall into one of three broad groups:
Academic. Physical. Or Relational (being a people person).
I wish I was a better people person, or that I had a natural aptitude for being fit. But I’m a mix, just like most people.
I am lucky enough to have co workers who were nice enough to help me out, and to have been involved in sports only with a positive team.
But maybe you don’t have such positivity around you, and if so, I’d just like this post to encourage you to keep improving and not beat yourself up for making (let’s be honest) dumb mistakes. We all make them.
It’s not because we’re dumb (hopefully.)
My theory is, sensible people make dumb mistakes simply because when you learn something new, you cannot take it all in at once and retain it. The dumb mistakes happen when something slips your mind. Like when you can’t remember that one word that would you perfectly understood in a conversation.
Basically those who do not do it all right the first tie learn the most about themselves, so bounce back.
I do get frustrated and embarrassed when I do something wrong, but I can’t let myself stay there because I have to improve. Why would I do something (willingly) if I was not going to do it wholeheartedly and with effort?
We have to at least try.
At the end of the day, if you hate what you’re doing, do something else. But if it’s just hard, I’m not willing to say I’m defeated.
(The most important motivation for me is actually that I asked God for this, and now I have to do it in a way that would glorify Him, or else I’d be an ungrateful brat. To be honest, for me, that is often more important than doing a good job just because I should, which I am not sure is a virtue. But whatever works.)
That’s all for now, until next time–Natasha.