Please take note that the following post has strong language.
Today is perfect. I’m standing with my team beside the dock waiting for our sixth to arrive. Eric is talking about work and happiness: “You do what you have to: truckers in Australia smoke weed and drink to stay happy.”
I said, “Yeah...well short-term solutions are one thing, but studies have shown that people need long-term accomplishments to stay happy.”
He described how he’s always enjoyed his job (project management – mining) because he can move from company to company. “I never get into work drama because jobs never last long enough.” He acted out a conversation with someone who’s stayed with one job too long:
“I hate that guy / Why do you hate that guy? / Because he’s an asshole and does this and this to me / Oh, why don’t you just not care? / What did you say to me? – now you’re an asshole too.”
We both laughed. Eric’s got an easy temperament. I couldn’t picture him ever drawing drama to himself.
We turned to listen to the rest of the group’s conversation – they had dived quite far into gay, lesbian and transgender issues. Ru, our sixth, ended the discussion with, “Of course we’re all speaking in generalizations, which is fun, but it has nothing to do with real life. Let’s paddle.”