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Ultimate test of my sanity

I have made myself sorta scarce around here because my time has been consumed with this volunteer job that I got. It is in a thrift shop and I’m there 20 hours a week for the next 6 months, or until someone hires me for a paid position, whichever is sooner.

Dare I say, despite it being in retail, it’s a lot less hectic, the customers are (for the most part) more polite, and the folks I work with are awesome. The reason for the title is because it is in retail, and was part of the reason why I was hospitalized nearly 8 years ago. It was a test of sanity and endurance. How long could I stand for, and how long would it take for anxiety to take over. Here are my findings so far.

  • I’ve been here for 2 weeks, and it is killer on the back and legs. There isn’t a day where I don’t come home with swollen feet, charlie horses, and a really sore back. I’m only there for 5 hours a day, and I think that is my limit. What this means is that I probably couldn’t do a full 8 hours in an environment that requires me to be on my feet, regardless of comfy shoes.
  • There’s traffic in and out, but in comparison to say, Target, the traffic is a lot less. Like I said, the less people I deal with, the better. This is a perfect balance; I don’t deal with too many customers a day, but I still get to meet new people, which is required by human nature.
  • Due to the small traffic, my anxiety levels are easily a 1-2, compared to 15 while working at Target.
  • I don’t work with uptight assholes. That is a plus. They are aware that I haven’t really worked in a few years, and they are also aware of my physical issues which can’t really be resolved quickly. Understanding people make me happy.

So while I would love it to be a paid position, it’s still a nice place to be.

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