Thursday morning, the start of a new work day, at least for some of us, because after all in this time of economic nightmares a lot of good, hard-working folks don’t have a job to wake up to no matter what day of the week it is. And while some folks are able to rise and shine – shower and shave, coffee and breakfast and migrate to their workspace with a spring in their step, many others are dragging themselves from their slumber and laboring through their morning rituals to begin the day. These are tough times whether you are employed or not – budgets are tight, prospects are dim and spirits are broken. For many who are lucky enough to have a job, there looms a sense of being trapped in a place that isn’t working for them. There’s a lot of fear out there, fear of losing what little stability you have – and risking letting go of the devil you know.
Some people I know actually love their jobs. Whether working for themselves or for someone else – they are happy to be where they are. Others are un-employed, and their job is looking for a job – a tedious, exhausting and financially draining experience, particularly now. And a third group are unhappily employed – showing up each day to jobs that they hate – but too afraid and too risk-adverse to look for something different. “You’re lucky to have work” – is the overarching sentiment in this world. To which the answer is “yeah, but…”.
Most of us, spend most of our time at our jobs, the majority of our hours each week spent plying our trade and trying to collect the needed funds to live the rest of our lives. What a shame it is – that so many people would rather be somewhere else. So many hours, days, weeks, months and years spent doing something, being somewhere that you really don’t want to be. And if that were it – the extent of the negative spin on time spent in “the wrong job” – that would be bad enough – but the reality is that all those hours spent being un-satisfied, under-stimulated, under-valued and just unhappy put a drain on the rest of our lives.
So, what do you do? I suppose the best possible option has a two-fold component to it. For one, for now, you keep showing-up and try your hardest to make the best of the work you do have. Take pride in yourself for doing what you have to do – to keep things moving along – even if the situation is less than ideal. But at the same time – try to find something else that is a better fit. Yes, opportunity isn’t exactly glutting the market at the moment – but you have to do what you can to improve your situation. Find the moments that are available to you to explore new positions or create your own. Your life is too precious, and your time too valuable to deny yourself a sense of happiness and satisfaction. Start small, don’t push yourself to a state of exhaustion – but keep the light burning ’cause somewhere out there a better circumstance is waiting for what you can bring to it.