Have I mentioned that life is crazy at the moment? I feel like basically all I do is eat, sleep, work, shower and do laundry. It’s pretty much all I am doing at the moment.
That being said, I am trying to squeeze in having a life. While it isn’t much, just doing something for myself, for my sanity and mental health. Whether it is going on a date, or going to my favorite bakery and picking up a couple cupcakes after work on a friday followed by walking along the street taking pictures of the murals on the sides of the buildings.
I used to work up in this area, several years ago, which is how I knew about all these murals. The area this is in is a designated “Arts District”.
I honestly love the urban artwork, and it makes me want to go explore other places with these murals on buildings.
This is the time of year when you have your people who believe that retail should be closed on Thanksgiving, and then those who don’t care and / or think it should. While the company I work for is closed on Thanksgiving, I am in the camp where I argue that retail stores can do whatever they want to do. When someone chooses to go into Retail / Food Service and Other Customer Service based jobs (among other industries), getting holidays off is not always going to happen. Giving up holidays is something one must be willing to accept if you go into these industries. For many, working holidays means much needed pay to try to make ends meet, and keep food on the table. For others it’s just the nature of the industry and where you are on the seniority ladder and the staffing needs for the day. If you don’t want to shop on Thanksgiving then don’t shop, If you don’t want to work on Thanksgiving then don’t get a job in an industry where you may have to, I respect others choices not to shop or work in an industry where the employees have to work on holidays. I also don’t want them forcing their choice on me, whether I (or others) want to work or shop on Thanksgiving (or any holiday for that matter). Is it nice to have a day off? Yes, it is. If I had to choose between a day off (aka losing a day’s pay) or working extra / normally scheduled hours and have a better paycheck, at this point in my life the paycheck is the choice I would make. There are other factors that go into why some people want to work on holidays, and they are well within their right to do so.
For Me, having time with family doesn’t and shouldn’t be dictated to me at the cost of losing pay, when I can make time for family on my regularly scheduled days off and other times of the year when work is not in the peak season. I don’t a specific date on the calendar to show my friends and family I care about them. Sometimes the random, spur of the moment, spontaneous acts of kindness are the best.
This Season, I have really learned how to be able to laugh off certain situations and get on with it, since stressing out or letting it get to you, only hurts you and has a more negative effect on your mental and physical health. I am not saying you should laugh everything off, since there are more serious issues that need to be dealt with head on. It’s more of the minor stuff, like a mess was made or you forgot to do something that didn’t have serious consequences that you could correct easily or do better the next time, or something happened and it is what it is, and being able to find the humor in the situation.