Today I saw an old coworker/friend of mine as I made my way to the local target to get food. I normally put my headphones on and enact tunnel vision, but as I entered the store; my phone that was once unlocked and in hand for some reason I slid into the front pocket of my jeans. The automatic doors open displaying the escalator, 2 carts, a small family struggling to get off the elevator and a familiar face. I smiled and exchanged greetings, I studied her face. She looked tired and stressed, her once vibrant, happy, smiley and youthful face was now filled with fatigue and general discontent…..to be franc she looked miserable.
“why do you do it? If you had a better option would you take it”
“huh? Do what? ”
“you know what, please don’t play dumb. I know what it’s like to work here, it’s a horrible company…..to be honest retail sucks but if you had to pick your poison why not? What if I told you about a better opportunity, that I myself am currently working on; would you be interested? ”
“I dunno, I’m invested here and no one likes change…”
(followed by a litany of other excuses)
Against my better judgement, leaving her with the information; I left her with a terrible taste in my mouth. Her outlook, sullied my mood and I took her nonchalant demeanor personally. I immediately thought on my brother and best friend and thought to myself, wait until he gets a load of this. I was ready to ridicule her decisions and thought process; I thought to myself just as soon as I’m off the clock.
Later that evening, I sat down phone in hand; just ready to start the conversation and deftly guide the conversation to my earlier encounter. I texted him, responding to a previous text I was unable to respond to originally because of work. He responded back, a few exchanges, I was ready to drop the information…… When I froze. Something in me told me that my action in progress was wrong. My brother continued to text, the conversation drifted from the stage I so expertly built.
Here it is 3am, and I’m still reflecting on the events past. I have come to a realization. My realization is that just because something is comfortable doesn’t mean it’s neccesarily good for you. We are all guilty of this in some capacity.
I am currently in a situation, where my needs are not met and I oftentimes act drastically to have them met. I act out of character and I have changed. I realized that talking was a waste of time and I let a part of me I once thought buried and long gone, run rampant. My feelings are not always reciprocated, and I felt at one point that I was pouring my everything into my significant other. I wanted to fix them in hopes of fixing myself in the process, as time went on it felt like a void was draining me. Its hard for me to know when he cares, his actions are often unclear. I do not trust him, and it shows in my response to him. I know what I want and I know what I need. I also know he may be incapable of giving me these things. Despite all this I can stay, and lie to myself and say I won’t change no matter what; when in reality you never notice the change until it’s too late and sometimes not even then……. Or I can cut my losses and leave.
While I don’t condone blame and take full responsibility for my actions and all that I have done, when people do things to you or behave a certain way; subconsciously a change is being made. First it’s subtle and then more noticeable. Everyones actions has a reaction and no one person is completely to blame.
The more time you spend with anything the harder it is to leave. Maybe she isn’t dumb, maybe she just got comfortable like many of us for far too long and change now seems like a chore.