I had spine surgery five weeks ago, and though I’m still in the healing process, I have been somewhat productive, at least in terms of casually meandering through media. I’ve been watching friend-of-the-website NamedGhost stream a Breath of the Wild-style game, Genshin Impact, while reading Bullshit Jobs or other media. It’s nice having something like a livestream going on in the background even if I’m not watching it entirely [sorry]. It’s the impact of motivation.
Autonomy is the major crux of every downtrodden colleague or employed individual I’ve ever met. They will complain about how they haven’t got this, haven’t received that, and will tell any pity stories they can to gain sympathy. I can empathize with their pain, however, I will not take it on because of one reason: We have more time in our day than we think. With my work schedule, I estimated three hours for self-development.
The thing that brought me the most joy the day I wrote this was watching these neon lights change color. There was just something soothing about seeing something so simple, abstract, and unique that framed the rest of the day in this weird sort of context. I don’t act in ways that are best for “my career.” I act in ways that are best for my health, physical and mental, rather than any financial health.
“OK-lure, when in this console window and connected to this server, simply type in this, this, this switch and… are you paying attention?”
The nervous computer repair technician broke her rhythm of looking up at the screen, looking down to write the esoteric command in her notepad, to look over at the more seasoned computer repair technician, Nils.
“Forget it. I’ll do it. I’ll paste console notes into the ticket when I close it.”
Cancer? I had to re-read it and it still didn’t really sink in for some time. “…Lost his battle with cancer?” Over the years, I’d been inspired by him a number of times. Some of the ideas this career professional shared – dropping off the grid to live life or letting go of all the stresses of work at a designated point along his drive – still resonate with me. Our impacts are greater than we think.
The freshly-graduated technology student went to bed early in anticipation of her first day working at Eville Medical, a dream job for her, yet the excitement kept her from falling asleep as easily as normal as she thought about who she might meet, befriend, and what new adventures might unfold. Vast pastel vistas unfolded into a picnicking hillside with puppies, imaginary animals, and her beloved– Her alarm clock went off. Time to go to work!