“ If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”
Last Friday before getting on the M101 I stopped at Duane Read $60 later the one good thing I had purchased was August issue of The Oprah Magazine. After skimming every page my eyes instantly stop. A sad faced composed of Yellow and Blue post it notes that read “ It’s My Cubicle and I’ll Cry if I Want to”. I did a little dance as I read it. Heck, I did a little dance as I typed it just now. Emma Haak McKinley knocked this article out of the ball park. It’s as of it was written just for me. If you go back a few post or even look at the only two videos I uploaded to a youtube page you’ll know why. If not let me explain.
At the young age of 15 I was working for a large insurance company as a student intern ( who got paid). I’m actually still with the same company just at a different location and position. Well, in between the ages of 15-24 so much has happened. Including multiple panic attacks at work, last minutes text to my boss saying I cannot make it, very poor decision with co-workers, very poor professional decisions in general. In all honestly I was a mess. Blessed my boss who never fired me. Why was I a mess though? Mainly because I wanted to hide my mental health issues.
This article impacted me. Its just what many of us needed to know. It’s ok to express what we feel at work, 9 out of 10 times or employee and co-workers will understand and even try to help us. It can be very hard to avoid the feeling that you’re showing weakness allowing other to know about your mental health issues. But In the times we are living you’re actually a voice that needs to be herd as we are all living with some sort of Anxiety.
There are so many things I wish I knew before I quite my job last summer. I hide myself away and made myself look like an unresponsible person who just didn’t show up for work. When in reality I didn’t have the energy to get up and shower. I couldn’t make it to the kitchen without being out of breath. The simple sense of being in the office and having a melt down in front of everyone freaked me out. So do not be afraid to tell your boss, “Hey I need a day off to get my shit together” (not in those words) or ask if therapy is something that might be offered by your company. You wont lose your job and you certainly wont be held back. If anything when your back you’ll be more aware and active therefore making more money.
Pay attention to your triggers and potential signs of a relapse. Remember anything with time has a solution. But If you have to cry at work, DO IT.