…the other day I had my ‘Nam’ flashback.
Walking around the store with Catherine the other day, the sound of Christmas songs piped into the store brought me back to my ole shelf-stacking days.
I don’t know if you’ve worked retail, but having to listen to the same playlist on a loop gets annoying very quickly.
One that I hated to hear, no offence to John Lennon, was Happy Christmas (War Is Over). – The first few lines always cut me deep.
‘And so this is Christmas and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one has just begun.”
I didn’t mind the New Year part, but what had I done? – Not much.
In fact, I’d pissed away another year sitting in my comfort zone.
And the second thing I hated about Christmas… was the extended shopping hour.
Going from never having to deal with customers, I had them all around me for 2 hours each night.
Now, nothing against customers, most were alright. – But it was meeting people I knew and that knew me.
In my head, I felt judged, like this was the highest I’d achieve was stacking shelves for the rest of my life. – No offence to people that do that, but no kid ever says that’s what they want to be that when they grow up.
Hearing the songs the other day, I’m so glad I made the jump from there.
I’m so glad I got out of my comfort zone, stopped using my label of being an introvert as an excuse, and started to care less what strangers might think of what I say and do.
All of those things that were holding me back, were between my two ears. – And the same is true of you too.
You’re telling yourself a B.S. story that in your head is true but really isn’t.
We fib to ourselves. We tell ourselves that we can’t do it. That people will talk. That what if it all goes wrong? And stay in that lane.
You can stay there, or you can turn on that wheel of yours and start picking out a better destination. – It’s up to you.
I’ll leave you with the wise words of John Lennon…
‘And so this is Christmas and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one has just begun…”
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