Making the most out of it!
So this is the next blog post that I’m going to make and I think that it is very important still. Whether you enjoy what you do, or don’t enjoy it and just have to get on with it for the sake of it, the only way to bear through the tougher parts of it is making the most of it. I have a friend who works as an electrician in Merton for who I’m about to make a cheap plug here for Merton Electricians and he really enjoys what he does. He gets to meet new people and help them when they are in their most comforting environment and he really enjoys the interactions! Things like this make all of the hard work worth it, and if you really cannot find a way to enjoy what you do (even if you have to break the rules a little bit) then there really is no point in continuing.
I used to work a job at a very famous concert hall in London and I would work anywhere from 50 – 65 hours a week. Some days I would have to do 15 hours 4 days in a row just because I had to. It became a really emotionally and physically stressful job, especially when trying to work and go to the gym at the same time. By the time I got home I was already 3 hours late for getting up the next day. My social life vanished very, very quickly and even had to work on holidays such as Christmas Eve, Easter, Halloween and even my own birthday. It became a very tedious and stressful job and while the money was okay, it wasn’t good enough to justify staying. I ended up spending most of my pay check every month on food and cigarettes just to help cope with how stressed I would be. The highlights of my day became cigarette breaks and drinking a cup of Darjeeling tea as quickly as possible over the space of five minutes. What made it worse was that I was treated like a child for the majority of the day. Every. Day. The management was the worst that I had to deal with compared to any job that I’ve ever had, and I’m sure I have had teachers that treated me more like an adult and a colleague than these guys. Having to spend 17 hour shifts in this building ended up making me feel so defeated meant that I couldn’t actually do it anymore and eventually I left because I couldn’t do it anymore.
However, I did find small ways to enjoy the building that I was in for so long. Like I said, I was in the building for full days at a time, 6 days a week. The benefit of doing this job however is that because it was a concert hall, I got to meet new people every day. Even if it is just speaking to them for 5 minutes (or doing what I would sometimes do and take a few girls numbers and met them later!) the small and brief window of human interaction saved my day. In the end, after spending 7 hours of your day completely alone it is actually nice to see people and speak to them even for a second. It saves your sanity! So I made sure that I would enjoy that brief interaction as much as possible. There was also a few times that I would sneak cheeky cigarettes when I shouldn’t have, took a few drinks to where I was supposed to be working and although I shouldn’t admit this, there had been at least 5 occasions that I decided getting drunk at work was definitely the best idea in the world (which made for a great Christmas eve!). But the whole point is… even if you do not enjoy what you do, just make the most of it as much as you can until you possibly cannot do it anymore.