The Sneaky Employment Cycle

16 Apr

(In last Monday’s post, I talked about searching for keys.  If you missed it, it was a 950-w0rd metaphor for life based off a video game from the 1980s.  I’m pretty proud of it actually.  Today’s post probably won’t be as good, but then again the sequel never is.)

The issue behind last week’s post is that I’ve got five part-time jobs and not enough time to go around.  I am struggling to find the proper order to put everything in, just like I struggled to find the proper order to use the keys in Chip’s Challenge when I was eight.  That feeling of confusion sucked when I was eight, and it sucks now.  The only difference is that now I don’t get an extra life if I make a mistake.

The good news is that after a week of serious contemplation, (why are you laughing?  I can seriously contemplate things.  Really.) I have arrived at a few possible solutions (or key orders, to continue the metaphor).  I have even picked the one that I think will serve me best in the long run.

The bad news is that I’m still gathering the courage to act on that solution.  Partially because I’m afraid that it won’t do any good.

I tend to fall into this sneaky employment cycle of taking on more and more work, hitting a wall, and then furiously shedding jobs like a woodland creature in springtime.  I’ve been doing this over and over and over since I was 14 years old.

Since we all love a good internet meme, let me put this cycle into pictures for you.

So yeah- that’s my problem.

Starting today, I’m going to start trying to find my backbone.  I’m going to remember that my peace of mind is more important than grabbing every paycheck possible.  I’m going to relearn how to say no to people (I say relearn because I apparently had quite a good grasp of the word no as a toddler), I’m going to get my keys in order, and I’m going to make it all stick this time.

I’m also going to go mourn the $783 check I just wrote to the IRS.  Do me a favor and keep your exclamations of joy over your tax refunds to yourself.  Part of that money in your hand came from my pocket.  Actually, do me another favor and go buy a book with your refund, any book at all.  Books are wonderful things.  Happy Tax Day, America!

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2 Responses to “The Sneaky Employment Cycle”

  1. Becky April 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Relax.
    Breathe.
    Your shoes look great. 🙂

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