From the topic y’all can see what it is about. My goodness even Rihanna had something to say about work. But let’s get it straight her kind of work isn’t really related to the work that 100% of us do but yes I got your attention. Work is what you do to earn a living. Right? It is what fulfills us and what helps you pay your bills. Wait fulfill? Sorry it is what we do that we must do to get things right.
This is what I mean.
You get up in the morning to go do a job that you hate. Just because you did this course that your parents forced you to do. Hey it will pay the bills right? And in the end you will have providence for the future. Is that what it should really be about? One day I woke up and I didn’t like what I was doing.
I was in the service industry and boy was life tough. I went from being a steward(someone who cleans dishes, arranges them, washes the loo and being “mtu wa mkono”). It was not easy because the challenges were so many, first because of the working hours. I carried many things heavier than me, let’s say ten times my weight. Let’s not even go there. If you’ve met me you can imagine how heavy they were and my tiny self. Fast forward to a month later when I was promoted to be a hostess. Praise God!! So now I would only carry menus and guess what they were finger friendly.
So after a while I changed jobs but within the same industry. Work load was still pretty much the same, but hey, who’s complaining? After all it is paying bills and catering to my every need.
At some point it got too much because my supervisor and I were at loggerheads. When you expect to be getting support from the one above you and it doesn’t happen, what do you do? I stayed because I loved the place and the experience I was getting. It was a beautiful restaurant. And of course there were perks of the job so leaving wasn’t an option. No. It wasn’t.
So I remember having such a confrontation with him and despite airing out my feelings it just wasn’t working.Kwani what had I done to deserve such punishment. To me that is punishment because someone sees the work you do, they know it needs so much support, but instead they break you down. If you are one of those who breaks down easily because of such negativity, lift your hand up. I understand sometimes there are situations where one has to call stupidity as it is but if it is to always discourage and make you feel incompetent then that is not healthy. That can actually cause very bad self esteem. It’s like someone mistrusting you, never listening to your opinions because only theirs is the only one that matters. There should be some sort of equality in the work place, that will make you want to wake up and do your job the right way, with the best intentions.
So after a while of thinking about it I left. Funny thing happened as I was writing my resignation letter. I wrote it on a Monday and gave it on a Friday. There was uncertainty. It’s like one leg was out the other still in. I remember after typing it and printing the printer refused to work. Hello…I was ready to go to start a new venture. Was I? Was this printer trying to tell me something? If only they could talk. Come on operate!! That is what you are supposed to be doing. After it heard my pleas it did. So I gave my letter and moved on. What a hustle!
When I told him, Mr Supervisor told me that I would never make it beyond that point. Like the point of leaving that place. Could it have gotten any worse? That’s s not what you would expect from someone who should have been your mentor, someone who was to have held your hand and said “go forth my child. It won’t be easy but you got this. Explore the world, see what it will bring. And if ever want to come back we will welcome you back.” Well all that was a dream. What was I thinking? I never expected to get support anyway so I guess we just move on swiftly.
Eventually I moved on and let us just say things are looking up. Everyday can be a struggle but hey I now do what I love. I of course have “one of those days” but it is on the minimum.
So go ahead. Take a risk. You never know where you will land in life.