Certain spaces tend to cause my introverted self to become more, shall we say, pronounced. If I were to describe some characteristics of these spaces that I found most unpleasant to spend time in, a few things come to mind:
- Spaces with bright lighting
- Spaces with loud, unpleasant music blaring
- Hypersexual spaces
- Spaces full of extroverted, annoyingly energetic, overly confident people making animal noises as they lift weights
Does this sound like a gym to you?
Well, I have some news for you.
I must have missed the week at school when you learn about managing emotions and what it means to be emotionally intelligent – because I grew up being very confused about my emotions.
As an employee of an advertising agency, I consider myself fortunate to be able to work in a creative environment. Of course, my role isn’t all about creativity – like any job, mine has its fair share of repetitive tasks. But lucky for me, I am also part of tasks that engage the side of me that was born to think outside the box – or even find ways of getting creative while inside the box.
I come from the generation of workers who were told – by parents, teachers, career guidance counsellors, and Steve Jobs – that to achieve success professionally you must “follow your dreams and passions.” While this is a beautiful sentiment with good intentions, it fails to take an important disclaimer into consideration:
We can’t all have a dream job.