I’ve been at my new job for a few months now, and I feel like I’m completely back into the groove of an employed person. Back to the grind, back to TGIF’s, back to the many, many bad habits I had the last time I was a working stiff! See, I had such high hopes for myself when I first got this job. Aside from the overwhelming relief of being rescued from the imminent danger of becoming a diner waitress, I saw this as an opportunity to overhaul the quirks I had accrued over my five years of working. The waking up late, the buying lunch every day, the complete disaster that is my apartment at the end of the week….but no such luck! I am hopeless.
Of course, it didn’t start out this way. That first week back at work, I was a model for the “perfect employed person.” I set my alarm and got up when it went off. I chose my outfits the night before. I prepared lunches and even brought snacks. I folded my clothes and put them away at night, ate dinners I cooked myself, and turned the lights off at 11:30 sharp after reading quietly and listening to Beethoven.
And this week?? Well….I set my alarm for 8:30 and rolled out of bed at 9:15. I picked extremely unflattering pants in my panic to get out the door in time and spent the entire day feeling self-conscious. I threw a yogurt in my bag, bought my lunch, and had cereal for dinner. Despite my best intentions, I went to bed at 1:30 am, after inexplicably reorganizing my iTunes library and playing 15 games of Solitaire. My purse is a disaster. I can’t find my umbrella. ….I haven’t changed AT ALL. I guess my dream of becoming an ENTIRELY NEW PERSON has yet to be realized!
What’s My Age: 22–perpetually stuck in my first-job bad habits.