Playing Catch-Up

It’s been a pretty busy year with trips, visitors, and working on our house, not to mention getting married and going on a honeymoon.  Within all the busyness we’ve set the focus on living less complicated lives, creating plenty of space for downtime, and spending quality time with people we love.

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Professionally I’ve started to stagnate in a job too stupid to believe.  I’ve worked for a company on a crisis and referral phone line so morally bereft and unethical you wouldn’t believe it.  I work in a helping profession and take lots of calls from struggling and frequently even suicidal people.  I take calls from people suffering from addictions.  I also take calls from a lot of entitled, screaming assholes.

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While I feel good knowing I help people and literally save lives, our health system overall is as fucked as our culture in general.  For every legitimate call where I really help someone, I have dozens of others that were mistransferred to me, meant for someone else, screaming people, etc.  My calls are answered automatically, without my choice or control, I have no idea if I’m gonna get a sweet old lady looking for a counselor or an raging psychopath looking to abuse someone.

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I have zero control over my daily schedule.  Every single second is tracked online.  I have to start a timer on breaks, I only have so long for lunch and breaks everyday.  If I need to piss, I start a timer.  If I need to eat, make a quick tea, I start a timer.  I can’t walk away from my desk.  To make matters worse, my office is also my gear room so I have a constant reminder of the outdoor freedom I crave.  All the gear sits there like a shitty monument to freedom I no longer have.

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Everyday, I am tethered to a laptop using a USB headset with a six foot cord.  I’m on a fucking leash.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Since I work in a call center setting, only so many people can be off per day.  I get plenty of vacation time, but struggle to find open days to use it.  When I got married and went on a honeymoon this year, it was the first time I’d had more than a whole week off at once in a year and half.   Somehow, as my blog and Instagram will attest, I squeezed in a lot of good trips to the best of my ability.

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Once I saw my teams’ vacation calendar for 2019, I saw that April-October was completely unavailable or already booked.  That is every single bit of prime West Coast backpacking season.   I couldn’t even get one long weekend into the schedule.  Not only that, but I wouldn’t be able to take off for any other purpose either.  I can only call in 4 times per year without it being an issue. However, seeing all this gave me a massive sense of relief, because the path is now clear.  So I’ve decided this job is totally unsustainable, clearly.

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I’m not sure what’s next, but its coming.

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