No Shame In My Game
Over at Mama Kat’s this week, the Writer’s Workshop prompt that really spoke to me was “10 Reasons why you love your job.” This is important to me, because I’ve had a lot of insecurities when it comes to my job. Well, the one that pays the bills, anyway. Yes, I’m a blogger. I’m also a vintage reseller on Etsy. Those “jobs” are what I love and what I prefer to be known for, and what I hope will someday be more lucrative than they are currently.
But my outside-the-home job? I work in food.
There. I said it.
I haven’t always worked in food. I work for a major retailer that everyone loves, and I began my career there as a cashier. Then I got moved to the pharmacy. Then, I got pulled out of the pharmacy to do a job I hoped I’d never have to do: run their cafe.
“Would you like some fries with that?”
I cried myself to sleep every night for two weeks when I found out I’d be going over there! People tend to look down on people who work in food. Not only that, but I am a few hours shy of a Bachelor’s Degree! (BTW, “almost” having a Bachelor’s degree means nothing in the smartest city in the state, and one of the smartest cities in the country!) But I was getting divorced and going to the cafe gave me a bump in pay, more hours, and the option of health benefits during the next open enrollment. I put on my big girl panties, wrangled up my entrepreneurial spirit, and set out to run that place like a boss.
And I did. And my hard work has paid off.
I used to feel a twinge of shame when I told people what I did, because I rarely got a look of respect. I usually got either a look of pity, or, if I met someone in similar circumstances, a look of discomfort. I mean, sometimes you’re only a divorce or other bad situation away from having to take a job you swore you’d never do. And who wants to be reminded of that? Apparently, a lot of people feel food service jobs (especially of the fast food variety) are for uneducated people who are unambitious and fine with living on minimum wage. (And don’t even get me started on people who try to shame fast food workers for picketing for better wages!) But for a lot of us, nothing could be further from the truth.
These days, my attitude has changed. There is no shame in my game! I tell people what I do with a sense of pride. I work hard, I am valued, and I provide for myself and my family (even though, not gonna lie…things do get pretty tough around here from time to time). What the hell is there to be ashamed of about that? Sure, I would like the respect of my peers, but it is not necessary because I respect the hell out of myself for taking circumstances I was uncomfortable with and running my game! If someone doesn’t want to get to know me because I work a job they don’t like, or they mistakenly assume I’m unambitious? That’s on them, not me. And people like that have no business in my inner circle.
“Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”
Another reason it was SO important to me to write about this topic is because of the recent job-shaming of Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens. Reading about that made me cry. Not out of pity, but because I totally get it.
10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY JOB:
(not in any particular order)
What do you love about your job?