Smile! It’s only a job!

Nearly every job I’ve held has required me to have a sunny and bright personality and to be happy as can be regardless of the situation.  From working a cash register to waiting tables to supervising in retail to now managing a medical front office, my fake smile is what has to carry me through the day.  I laugh at jokes that aren’t funny, I engage people in conversations when I don’t feel like talking, I listen to people discuss problems I don’t care about.  I am the fakest person in the world.

Anyone that has had to put on a happy face in order to perform their job duties knows how tiring it can get.  There are some days I begin to run out of niceness and I get the urge to start snapping at people.  I suppose this is the main reason I come home cranky most days; I use up all my good attutide trying to get through an 11 hour day of being nice to people who don’t deserve it.

At times, I dislike the part of myself that allows me to act so fake and friendly at my place of employment.  I feel like a phony at times.  I know I shouldn’t, especially since the reason I was hired for my current job is due to the fact that I am good at acting like I care and I always smile.  Regardless, I do wish that part of me didn’t exist because it makes me a liar of sorts.

Most days, I wish for a job where I don’t have to put on an act.  A job where I don’t have to pretend to like anyone I don’t actually enjoy being around.  A job where I’m allowed to cuss and throw things.  A job where I can refuse service to anyone I choose not to deal with for whatever reason, big or small, I happen to have.  If anyone knows where I can obtain such a job, please contact me immediately.


About Jamie C. Baker

“Long time no see. I only pray the caliber of your questions has improved.” - Kevin Smith

Posted on May 4, 2010, in Work and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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