The Grass Is Always Greener…..Or Is It?
Why is it that our jobs over time tend to lose their luster? Shouldn’t we be thankful to have a job at all?
Do you or some of your co-workers struggle with that ‘grass is always greener’ mentality? I know I’m guilty of it. Why as humans we always believe a certain job, person, or material item will make us happier is beyond me, but for whatever reason this practice seems to hustle all of us at some point in life. The key is to realize when it is happening to you and stop the thought process dead in its tracks.
Within the last seven months, I’ve probably struggled with this the most ever in my life. I think because I chose to leave my full-time job earlier this year and work for myself. While I consider myself a creative individual and someone who thinks outside the box, I’m not really an entrepreneur. Quite honestly, I enjoy the stability an employer provides: a steady paycheck, insurance, retirement etc. Sure you endure a lot of ‘crap’ at times, and work when someone else tells you but for the most part I’m okay with that. Unfortunately, my toddler was not.
Like a lot of working moms, my child went to daycare five days a weeks from 6:00am to 6:00pm. I didn’t mind it at first, but over time I started to feel guilty. Somewhere between my daughter’s fourth or fifth ear infection, my husband and I decided it best I stayed home with her. I fought this tooth and nail (I did not want to be a stay-at-home at all!) however it has been and was the best option at the time.
Since I left I’ve often wondered if I made a mistake. For a while it seemed I frequented the roller coaster, ‘What have I done?’ But you know I’ve learned through this it doesn’t matter whether I did or didn’t; what matters is what I choose to do with my current situation. I encourage you to do the same.
If you are truly unhappy in your profession or some other area in life, figure out why. Alienate the areas that make you miserable and eliminate them from your future. If you’re not really unhappy, just stuck in a rut, then freshen up your routine. Take a different route to work. Sit in a new seat in the break room. Brainstorm with your co-workers about new department possibilities. Modify your diet. Even though many are a afraid of change, it definitely does volumes of good as well.
For me, I’ve realized I should spread my wings a little more. Granted my current situation isn’t my ideal, but I’m a talented professional with the freedom to fly! It’s up to me, no one else, whether I sink or soar!