Archive | September, 2013

Nervous going into minimum wage job

24 Sep

The thing is that it’s more than just the money. I’m actually nervous about the 8 hour shift I have coming up…a minimum wage job as a sales clerk at a bookstore.

As far as jobs go, you’d be hard pressed to find a less stressful one than ‘bookmonger.’ Add to that the fact that I used to teach CEOs how to do their jobs (part of them anyway). I wasn’t intimidated by them or their titles or their net worth.

And today, I’ve got to pop a clonazepam before helping somebody find a book to read.

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Fast forward to today

24 Sep

Today I’m in my early forties, I blew ALL the money I made in the dot-com boom, and I’m on my way into work making minimum wage as a sales clerk at a bookstore…where I’m older than most of my co-workers by two decades.

I’m getting by only because my wife has (miraculously) stood by me, bailing me out of my financial woes and sticking with me long past the point most people would have kicked my ass out on the curb.

I know, suck it up, right? The burst of my dot-com bubble, what triggered my descent into depression, was almost 15 years ago. I’ve had two kids since then and even enjoyed a successful career for 10 years. Get over it already.

If only it were that easy. If only there wasn’t a day – an hour even – when I didn’t think of all the things that could have been.

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