I started a new job a couple of weeks ago. It’s a full time position working overnights at a domestic violence shelter for women and children. So I’m definitely adjusting to a new schedule.
Here’s the thing though, I love it.
Here’s the other thing; every single person I’ve told, be it friends, family, acquaintances, or nosy strangers, they have all had pretty much the same reaction. “That stinks”, “what a bummer”, “ooh that must suck”, “yikes”, and the list goes on.
I can’t say my first thought about applying for the overnight position was a positive one, but it only took a few minutes of contemplation and rationale to realize this may be a perfect fit for me. And two weeks in, I can tell you it looks like I was right.
It’s refreshing somehow, to completely change my sleep schedule, and to embrace a routine opposite of most human beings. I mean really, I’ve been on the whole ‘sleep at nighttime’ schtick since my parents drilled it into me as a newborn baby (as most, or hopefully all, parents do). But when you look at it like that, like I’ve been on this same routine for all of my 27 years of life, a change starts to make sense, at least for me. I clearly know this schedule isn’t for everyone. Most people live their whole lives sleeping at night and I can’t blame them for not having it any other way. But it never hurts to open your mind to differences.
I suppose this is just my 2 cents, but I think it would be beneficial to the human race if we would stop putting our definition of happiness onto someone else’s shoulders. Instead of comparing another person’s life to your definition of joy, maybe we should take a second to realize there is no one path to happiness or success. As human beings, we are all different. In fact, diversity is what makes this planet what it is, and I think we should appreciate it a little bit more.
This new overnight position for me was a very specific example, but I feel it can apply to a wide variety of situations. I think we could all benefit from opening our hearts and minds to others and their differences. Nothing is black and white, we are truly living in a sea of gray. And the sooner we not only realize that, but appreciate it, the better this place will be.
And if a friend of yours starts working overnight, maybe ask them how they are liking it before you shit all over it. 😉
Have a great week!