I don’t know how I feel about work. Sometimes I like it, but I seem to try hard not to admit that, as if I don’t want to like it. It’s because I’ve always dreamt of doing something else. I originally intended it to be temporary, this career, I told myself that. And then it went on and on and I have always felt trapped, like I just couldn’t get out. Maybe I lied to myself. Maybe I always intended it to be permanent. I mean, there’s got to be a reason I didn’t do enough about changing anything.
This is the best place I ever worked now. People actually do enjoy it. I enjoy it. I work with nice funny people. They are like friends.
Do I feel completely comfortable there, like it is home to me? Am I relaxed enough to just be myself? No, but I rarely feel like that anywhere I am among people. What would happen if I did? I’m not even sure I’d act any different, I just usually feel guarded. What is it I would admit, or show people about me that they don’t already know? Would it get me fired? I’m sure they’d give me a warning first.
“A. Lawrence. You’d better start pretending again. We don’t like this new you.”
“Yeah, you’re right. Sorry.”
But really, I’m already an open book. I probably admit way too much shit about myself, and yet I feel guarded. Like I’m scared they’ll see something I didn’t tell them. What?
It’s probably worth it to think about this stuff. What do I really like about my career, job, life, and what could be better. I could like it if I admitted that I liked it, and that I don’t have to be scared of anybody. What’s the worst that can happen? I could lose my job. But that’s pretty unlikely. And if it happened, particularly because I was being myself, then it’s probably for the best.
I think I’ll try to like it. I want to like it. This is the best opportunity I’ve ever had to like it. It will help me to do a better job, which will in turn help me like the job even more.
5 thoughts on “I Pretend to Hate My Job”
I think you may even pretend to hate your life. 🙂
Being guarded is natural in the work environment, because it’s our professional reputations on the line. There are only a handful of people in my life with whom I feel completely comfortable. Trust is a big factor for that.
I don’t want people to like me unless they know me, and then I don’t let them, perhaps, as you point out, for good reason, but still, it makes work feel fake.
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Totally understand. There is always a demarcation between personal and professional lives. I hope at least our personal lives are not fake.
I think we’re always happy up and downs in life.
Sorry, I meant have up and downs