I had a phone call with a friend I had worked with in the past. We strolled down memory lane and reminisced as to what a soul eating, dream crushing, miserable people and “How does this place stay open?” environment we once worked.
Man we had some good times. Lots of laughs and countless “Where the hell did our lives go wrong?” questions.
Now we are both in a better place. Both of us out of that environment and on to bigger and better things.
As we spoke on the phone and him trying to help me find a job or at least what the hell am I going to do now that I’ve been let go.
I had no answer. I didn’t know what I wanted. Clearly I did know what I wanted. I just wasn’t seeing it.
Until he saw it for me.
Being such a great friend and coming from the same evil environment we both once worked. He stopped me mid sentence as I stumbled to try to say what I wanted.
“This is what you want…” He interrupted. “You don’t care where you work or what you do. You just want a good, happy environment.”
Yes. Yes. Goddamn it, yes!!! That’s exactly it. The weight of the world lifted off my shoulders.
Now how to find this. Does it even exist? That’s the big question.
Has this become too much to ask for? It sure as hell seems that way.
I have friends that have well paying jobs, big corporate jobs, have gorgeous apartments. They all have one thing in common. They hate their jobs and coworkers.
It seems like this is the new normal. That’s just downright depressing.
I’ve worked at jobs I’ve hated but had some great times with my coworkers. Today, it’s the job and the people.
Is it the jobs that have turned us miserable or do we walk in there miserable?
Every job always has that one bad apple that ruins the place. So you get rid of that apple.
But if every apple you hire is rotten. You got a rotten work environment and there’s no way around it.
“….we’re all in such desperate need for healing things”. – Glenn Close
Are we really that miserable at work or miserable with ourselves and taking it to work?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.