I’ve been working hard this month. I came back from my beach vacation and dived into both jobs, working three and a half weeks without a single day off. I was getting a little burned out.
…my candle literally just went out. Spooky.
I finally took a day off and spent it sleeping. It helped, but going back to work the next day, I was still feeling unmotivated and a little angry at, well…everyone.
I thought I needed another day, or maybe a few of them, when I didn’t have to talk to a single person. I am an introvert. Sometimes I need me-time.
I arrived at the mall Saturday, determined to make it through the full work day and looking forward to the short shift that followed on Sunday. Most of the day did feel like going through the motions. At seven, though, a woman came in with her daughter carrying a Disney bag. I had to ask. They had gotten two Tsum-tsums (one was Marie) and were planning a trip to the park.
I spent at least a half hour with them, talking about my time working at Disney World and showing them the pink bags we had on sale. They were extremely sweet and it really was like talking to two old friends. When they left with their purchase, they were overjoyed with what they got and excited about coming back. They were my last sale right before I clocked out, and I actually left work feeling less tired than when I’d gotten there.
Since I got out early, I had time to go to Lush after H&M. The service there is always great, but this time I got to work with Justine, and absolute sweetheart who accidentally cursed in front of me and whose tattoos I found delightful. We realized we were from the same county and she could relate to the stifled feeling I sometimes get there. When she noticed my Gryffindor tattoo, we got to compare Gryffindor and Slytherin qualities. It was a lot of fun and she hugged me three times before I left.
Sometimes I need me-time, but what I’ve really been missing this month are truly personal interactions: spending time with someone and finding out what they value, what they hate, who they actually are. It’s hard to get that when I’m trying to make a sales goal at Kate or trying to move the line at Amelie’s. And it’s hard for me in general since I don’t seem to connect well with people, even people I’ve known for years. (On a related note, how do you turn a work friend into a friend-friend? I’m asking for a…well, a friend.) But when those connections come along, they’re worth savoring, however briefly. And they always make my job more fun.