Taking Its Toll

For many reasons my job is really starting to get to me and by get to me I mean effect my health. I’m so tired most of the time, often really depressed, agitated more often and I can’t seem to do anything other than commute, work and rest.

The commuting is the worst part of it all. I think I might actually like my job more and be able to handle the stresses if it weren’t for the 2-3 hours of driving everyday. And it’s not just driving, it’s traffic and numerous massholes taking over the road. Even Erik noticed I’m much more agitated and impatient when I’m driving. Just one dick on the road can ruin my mood for the rest of the day.

Lately work has been getting a lot more stressful and so much more annoying. It takes everything I have not to tell the manager to “fuck off” when he asks me the same question over and over again until he gets the answer HE wants. Just picture the dude from Office Space. I refuse to bow down to him and instead just continue to do my job. I don’t give a shit if he complains to my boss anymore.

It doesn’t help that everyone in my office is unhappy and overworked. It doesn’t help that I have no windows anywhere near where I sit. With all of this bundled up together what you get is an unhealthy and unhappy Robin. Still, my job is very comfortable (as in I know it inside and out) and my position is tough to replace so I feel guilty leaving.

I just really have to find a place with a commute no less than a ½ hour each way and a solid place to work. Now that I know I will be living where I am for a few years I can maybe find something closer to me. I hope so, I just can’t live this way.

  1. NYC Watchdog

    November 25, 2006 at 11:57 am

    I would definately look into something closer at the very least. That kind of commute is horrible… I had one like that too and it drove me absolutely nutty.

    Find someplace closer quick… or you may turn out to be like me. Oh… and vacation is a good idea too.

  2. Robin

    November 25, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Yeah, I’m going to but considering all the times I’ve been laid off or found a miserable job I want to be sure of it. I’ll miss the ET (Earned Time) because I always had more than enough time off and could even save it up for something special.

    I guess you just have to decide what is most important…sanity or time off.

  3. Mr. Fabulous

    November 25, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    Wow…I think most I’ve had is 2 hours round trip. That would be about my limit. Of course, my last job was less then 5 miles away. That’s more my speed now!

  4. Barb

    November 25, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    For the sake of your health and sanity, I would definitely find something much closer. So what if your position is hard to replace? That’s their problem, not yours.

    Part of what broke me down three years ago was having to teach at four different schools, located all over Chicagoland. Half the week I lived at my parents’ house in the suburbs so the commute wouldn’t be so bad–it was rough on my relationship, though.

    Your current commute is NOT worth your health.

  5. Tori

    November 26, 2006 at 5:48 am

    I hate commuting… I took a drastic paycut a few years back just to avoid it and was much happier… but change is hard… no matter how you look at it. sorry darlin’!

  6. Vulgar Wizard

    November 26, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    After reading this, I’d swear we work in the same place. I feel the same way you do about my job, less the commute issues. Can we just kill them all??? :poke:

  7. Robin

    November 26, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Sounds good to me 👿

  8. Janet

    November 26, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    Wow. A 2 and a half hour commute each way? No wonder the ride is taking its toll! I think it’s time to move closer to work or move work closer to you. From what you’re writing though, the job aint worth it. Cut your losses. You deserve better.

    Just my 2 cents.

  9. Robin

    November 26, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    Well we just bought our first house so it’s the job that needs to change.

  10. jane

    November 26, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    DON’T FEEL GUILTY! I can’t imagine driving 2-3 hours to/from work daily. Tarzan has to spend 2 hours driving & by the time he gets home, you’d think he was in a war zone. You do whatever you need to, to be happy.

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