My title is odd, I know, but the week that has gone by was quite odd really. And troublesome.
Well I take all the blame to whatever has transpired because I, Romeo Martin, is very well known as a dull decision-maker that even the simplest of things as wearing which shirt takes half-a-day for me to think about.
Unlike in America where the opportunity for teenage (or twenty-ish) employment of whatever sort is enormous, some of us kids here in the Philippines are quite happy with Mama and Papa’s care (money) until we get out of college and have a reputable job soon after. So sometimes, kids here like me, gets to have a job until they’re 19 or 20, with the exception of course of very astute working students.
Yeah, I know, I’m a big dilly-dally, that’s what this is about. I never had a job before because I did not strive too hard to find one. But I swear, I tried applying for jobs before which I am not qualified so I never got to have work like work.
Anyway, to cut to the chase, it took a long, long while before which God-blessed agency should I get into for non-paid work because (1) the possibilities are tempting, (2) I’m looking into some factors minute enough borderline non-essential, and (3) I’m a really queasy person.
What happened was “things did not go quite smoothly” and had a “bumpy resolution”.
I’m doing the job (as a trainee) by the way as a course requirement for the degree I’m pursuing.
And now I’m trying not to blow the sensitive things away, but I have to tell this so others would somehow learn or be reminded and not follow my suit.
Lesson learned: choose fast enough, and when you do just stick to your choice, stand by it, accept the consequences, and never look back.
I got into a few appetite-less days and nights due to stress thinking what will become of me after my irascible mind has decided.
But as Kelly Clarkson sings: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller.”
So there. I felt better and coped quite a lot soon after.
Enough of the “first timer’s tale”.
Thankfully, although I had a “bumpy resolution”, I still managed to take what millions of people call “first day of work “. Well, I’d rather think the day was more of playing than working actually as it was all light and breezy. Not the total wreck of a day I’ve expected.
I went to the office the first time as a trainee with a mantra: “Unleash the submissive in you”.
So to prepare myself, I exposed myself to two Submissive stories the world so knows – one totally inappropriate, the other quite fitting.
The first one is EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.
Of course I didn’t go to work for sex! But I looked closely into the manner by which the author portrayed submission in this erotic piece of fiction.
Setting aside the gripping tale of sexual submission in Fifty Shades, I used Anastasia Steele’s mentality towards submission as a foundation to my frequent inability to be submissive.
Through Anastasia I swear I’ve realized that I have to compromise my hard-headedness at times, especially at work, to learn and for a better tomorrow.
Cheers to that.
The second one is The Meryl Streep’s and Anne Hathaway’s and Emily Blunt’s The Devil Wears Prada.
I’ve had several reruns of this movie and I did another a night before work.
The purpose of such endeavor was to prepare myself for the adversities of work-related stress.
And behold, I was able to surpass first day with a smile.
The movie helped me to objectively see the motives behind the behavior of the people in the workplace, and understand the people in my workplace more closely as to why they do what they do, and the manner to which they treat me.
Given the circumstance I have put myself into my current workplace, my relationship with the people around me there isn’t particularly perfect, but I would say they have all been very cordial and professional in their treatment to me. I thank them for holding back grudges of whatever sort towards me. But then of course, it may just be that I think of myself too lowly sometimes.
And now I would say that I’m having an interesting, borderline exciting, work experience as an on-the-job trainee.
More, more days to go and I will be done with tales and tales to tell!
P.S. I reread this stream-of-consciousness piece and I conclude I have a very complicated attitude. That’s a thing to work on. Just saying.
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