So, the largest source of income in my freelancer-extroardinaire lifestyle is now gone. My twice-my-age, married, father-of-two boss has asked me out, and I no longer feel comfortable working for him. Since this job was minimum wage and had no upward mobility, the main reason I kept it was that it was stabler and lower pressure than some of my other jobs have been-- but now the latter isn't really true anymore. So, I quit. Actually, I spent a couple days moping and thinking how much it sucks to be me, and then, today, I finally quit. But now, I'm realizing that even on a bad day, I'm far from the poorest person on the planet. I'm not even in the top 100. I've probably never even been in the unluckier 50% of the world. So here's my brief reflection on how even a sucky situation can clearly illustrate...
...Three Reasons Why It Doesn't Suck To Be Me
1.) I'm in a financially stable enough position that I can quit. Economic times being what they are, the option to leave a job is not a given everywhere in America, let alone some of the poorest countries. So, I am thankful for my prosperous situation.
2.) I had been thinking of quitting this job anyway, in order to free up my time to pursue a career in my actual fields of film or theater. I hung onto what was supposed to be a temp job to get me through school for way longer than I should have because it was a security blanket. But this incident gave me a push to action. So, I am thankful for my sheer luck in timing.
3.) I'm not my boss's wife. However insulted I may feel, she is definitely the most wronged party in this situation, even if she doesn't know what's going on. So, I am thankful for my own non-cheating boyfriend.
These are far from the only reasons it doesn't suck to be me, either. These are just the ones that are most glaringly obvious in this particular story. So today, I resolve to think twice before whining and moping, even on days when I'm just SURE that it "sucks to be me..." and remember that I've been wrong about this before. :-)