Monday, January 14, 2008

Fake Happy

Some days I really hate my job, most days it's fine - but today is one of those hate-it days. Of course I kind of hate everything right now, but I'm seriously hating my job today. And the funny thing is that I'm not hating the job itself - I'm hating having to be happy. It's the one aspect of my job that kills me.

If I wake up on the wrong side of the bed I don't get to crawl into some cubicle and take it out on my keyboard, I've got to plaster on a fake smile and be fake happy. I have to answer the phone nicely, I have to listen patiently to clients, I have to pretend to give a crap about what they are saying when all I really want is to be under the covers with my tivo remote and and a cup of tea (well maybe something stronger, but...).

So here I am, putting on the happy Mandy Lou show - and hating every second of it, counting down the minutes till I can get out of here.

Current Music: I Hate Everyone - Get Set Go


Anonymous said...

girl, i can so a teacher i pretty much have to be "on" and happy all day even when i wake up hating life. the kids always see right thru me when i am sad, though!!

i hear what you're sayin', girl.

Have a great week, Mandy Lou!

Bronwyn said...

Dude, I totally get that. I'm a counsellor and somedays it's all about pretending.

Lori said...

I usually have to be fake happy at work too. I can only get away with not being fake happy with the drunken outspoken rude and inappropriate patients in the ER.

for a different kind of girl said...

Amen, girl. This was me today. I went to work in a good mood, and literally as soon as I walked through the door, I got slapped with "eh, whatever-itis"

It was, therefore, a long day.

Scoobers said...

I totally know where you're coming from. Patients don't want a nurse in a bad mood. More over, my problems are NOTHING compared to theirs so the guilt I feel about having a 'bad' day and allowing myself to be affected is horrible. Happy Face On I walk in to their rooms and fake away.

I seriously hope you have a better day tomorrow, and the next...

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