The Happy Wanderer

Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer

What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?

My travel style is very typical of a type A personalty. I love making lists and agendas. I would feel physically uncomfortable to not have a plan of some sort. Even being spontaneous involves some planing for me. I would have to make a date to be spontaneous and have at least an outline of what I want to do and a time frame. When I go on vacation I have a list of all the places and things I want to do. So in order to not miss anything and stay within a time frame and  budget, I plan.

My younger brother and I went to Disneyland with my parents when I was about 23, and since are personalities are similar, we were on our A game. Thankfully we were in the information age and could do some research on the parks before hand. We visited four parks that week and were on the go from 8 AM until about 10 PM. Everyday we had a souvenir and meal budget that we did not deviate from. Every morning when we arrived at the park, we would pick a map and circle all of the places we wanted to visit. There were places that were a must and others we would if time allowed. We would find the most effective route through he park so we wouldn’t have to do much back tracking. We looked up menus to find where our next meal would be and where to meet our parents for dinner.

I still follow this pattern today whenever I travel. It isn’t as effective when travelling with my best friend. He is not a planner at all and is more of a let’s wait until the last minute and then see. This drives me crazy. Luckily he doesn’t seem to mind very much when I take control of the planning as long as her gets to go along for the ride. He does appreciate that part of my personality…mostly.

My brother and I however have grown to dislike traveling with each other. Our trip through New England the summer before his senior year of high school brought things to a head. After spending ten days together in tight quarters we discovered every annoying habit the other had. No amount of planning could get us to travel together after that.

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Daily Prompt: Sixteen Tons

How do you feel about your job? Do you spring out of bed, looking forward to work? Or, is your job a soul-destroying monotony of pure drudgery, or somewhere in between?

I work seven days a week; not necessarily because I have to  but if I want to have money for, oh say groceries or a movie, then it’s what I have to do. Five days out of the week I don’t have to be at work until 8:30 AM. Now that may still seem early but compared to waking up at 5:30 AM on Saturdays and Sunday,s it feels like sleeping in. I am not a morning person at all and dread hearing my alarm go off. I cannot remember the last time I woke up feeling excited to go to work. If I ever even remotely look forward to work it’s actually anxiety over everything I have to get done. I feel the sooner I get started, the sooner I can be done with it.

I didn’t chose the position I have. I always seem to take jobs that I can get and never a job that I truly want. Probably because I am not sure what I want. I think I would be quite happy not working at all. I have so many things I would like to do if only I had the time. If I didn’t have to work to support myself I would spend my days reading, writing, painting, doing arts and crafts, taking classes on art, history, science and I would take naps like I use to. Alas that is not my lot in life. I am in social work which is definitely the wrong field for someone who is introverted, has trust issues and very little empathy and patience for people. But I do it because it pays the bills and has good benefits. At first this was a good enough reason to stick with it but lately it’s gotten so bad that I’m taking off more and more.

The work itself in not very challenging; every process has so many tedious steps. The higher ups give us more work than can possibly be done in the workweek and expect us to work overtime to stay on top of it. I also do not believe in the program I administer. In this position there is no room for growth. In fact, I am in a position that only requires a high school degree while I have a bachelors. There a new people with bachelors who also do what I do but they have a different title then I and are paid more. Yet when I ask about a promotion, I am told there is no funding available to promote. I know it is not my work performance because I have very good numbers and get compliments on my work often. I do feel that I am being punished because this is not “my calling”.  Because I am not a warm fuzzy or bubbly person but I have a strong work ethic and consistently perform well.

My weekend job is very easy and pays well for the type of work it is. It is more in the hospitality industry. I do enjoy the people I work for but our management company is a nightmare.; starting with our manager.  She loves to intimidate, play favorites, micro-manage and pick on people. I’ve been lucky to stay off her radar but it may just be because I only work two days a week.  I do however get to work with my best friend but that may be the reason I have stuck with it for so long. The income helps but If I really wanted I could live off one job.  My social life would suffer and I’m in a point in my life where I feel that things are not going to change anytime soon so I invest most of my spare income on my social life.