Change Is Hard, But It Will Work Out

To Anyone Going Through Big Changes, Everything Is Going To Be Ok

Don't let the stress of change blind you from the excitement of the future.

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Change is one of the hardest things in life. We're creatures of habit, so change can often be really uncomfortable. I personally hate change, but I never had to deal with its fiery wrath until my family began the process of moving about a year and a half ago.

Things were rough for me when the topic of moving came up. I was finishing high school and already had the stress of finding a college and picking a major on my back. My family wasn't just planning on moving a town over, we were planning a move multiple states away to the south. By the time we put our house up, I was in college. I was both excited about a new beginning in a new state with new people, but also dreaded the idea of actually moving.

The stress weighed on me like crazy and only got worse when we had buyers. The time between selling our old house and buying a new one feels like a blur to me. There was a constant anxiety about not feeling settled. Beyond that, I had to transfer to both a job and a college in our new state. The stress of money was absolutely crippling. The first month or so after I moved felt so hard because there were a million things to do.

By now I've almost been here a year, and it's been so much better. I'm settled in a job with great coworkers, I go to a school I really enjoy, and I live in a more exciting place with opportunities to grow. I don't think I would have as many opportunities in my old town.

Comparing myself to last year makes me kind of laugh. I couldn't even imagine being so relaxed and settled like I am now. The change I went through was so rough and scary because there was so much left in the unknown. I know so many young people are going through big changes right now, and I really want it to be known that the pain and stress and confusion is worth the end result.

Take the stress of change one day at a time. Remember to look ahead and get excited about the future. Don't let the stress from change take over. Take time for yourself and make sure to express your feelings of fear and anxiety to others. You're going to be okay, everything is going to work out the way it's supposed to.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.

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I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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