It was December of 2015. I’d just returned from my trip to Colombia, and my mind was made up.
I’d be moving abroad in February 2016. I knew it, my family knew it, and the plans were in motion…
The only people who didn’t know about my plan?
Everyone I worked with.
And while I didn’t tell them until February, something happened in December that really put the nail in the coffin. It drove that nail even deeper, and it really didn’t need any additional push to begin with.
So what happened?
Well, the company was having one of those dreaded holiday parties that everybody has to pretend to like but everybody fucking hates.
You know exactly what I’m talking about.
Even more additional time with the boss who you can’t stand, the annoying HR bitch who won’t stop yapping, and even more additional time complaining about work with the very people you want to get away from!
The bright side of most of these parties (if you can call them that), is that the company at least usually feeds you. And, if you’re really lucky, they might even liquor you up a bit too.
The December 2015 Christmas party for me was not that at all.
When the announcement went out that year, my boss told his team (ie me and colleagues) that it was highly “recommended” that we attend the party…but that we would have to pay our own way.
It wasn’t the money, but the principle. The company directly told us that *we were not worth $7 to them*.
(And there wasn’t any booze there, either…)
It was made abundantly clear that we’d be in trouble if we didn’t attend, but that we had to pay to attend the company holiday party. I distinctly remember thinking, “Well, even if I flop as an entrepreneur…it’s better than this shit.”
So keep that in mind this holiday season.
If you work for a big corporation, they don’t give much of a damn about you no matter how many memos they send out about “employee health” and “benefits”.
And one more thing:
Just know that you’re not alone. You’re one of thousands, if not millions, who feel this exact way. And you’re not alone in wanting to carve your own path in life, devoid of the corporate shackles.
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