This is how I feel about work right now:

This is how I want to feel:

I’m tired, I’m feeling awfully unappreciated, and quite frankly, a little bit over-burdened.

I dunno… I always thought that as long as you work hard and keep your eyes on the prize, everything will work out. But apparently, that’s just not always the case.

So worn down!

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About Drew

I love videogames, movies, my wife and my dog (in no particular order).

18 responses »

  1. zezil says:

    Ow. I feel the same way too at times. I want to say “keep holding on” but yeah.
    My not so helpful advice is, take a break? I mean nap or have coffee or hug your dog today…Hope that helps.

    (Virtual pat on your back)

  2. Cara Olsen says:

    So sorry to hear you are feeling worn down, Drew. I hope you and the Mrs. Drew can steal away soon, and rejuvenate together.

    ~ C

    • drewpan says:

      Thanks! Well, we’ve just gotten back from a vacation hahah! I think the absurd amount of work that piled up during the vacation has a lot to do with it.

  3. Vividhunter says:

    The aftereffects of your trip ie coming down from a high and jetlag probably aren’t helping either 😦 Ganbare! (Japanese for keep at it/good luck)

  4. paralaxvu says:

    Well, at least your videos are good…;-) Yeah, I, too, think it’s jetlag. Take a nap. Take several naps. Drink a lot of green tea. Put lots of cinnamon in your food. Take deep breaths…

  5. Alvin says:

    I feel ya, brah (heh heh).

    Sometimes I think it’s a mistake to expect so much fulfillment from work. Maybe it’s just a big fat corporate lie, you know? Work is work, our ancestors didn’t expect to wean the meaning of life from tilling the fields and hunting the ox, so why expect the same from sitting at a desk?

    On the other hand, it’d be pretty depressing not to be able to derive some meaning from something you spend most of your time and energy on.

    I used to think that pure hard work would get you places too, but I’ve realized real life is more complicated then that. Not to knock hard, good work – I still believe in its value and always will – but to create super awesome work takes more than just one dude, it takes an awesome support system with so much more in place.

    • drewpan says:

      It’s bad enough that more often than not, hard work and results just aren’t given the due recognition from your company. But then you read about certain individuals who make a crapload of money without actually doing much, and then the frustration levels go over the roof.

      I was watching this movie called Margin Call, and whoa those guys in investment firms really bring home a lot of money and live in a completely different world than normal people. That kinda scared me!

      • Alvin says:

        Yeah, I know. Can’t discount the luck of the draw. There’s crazy loads of ways of making cash, more than I could possibly think of. Good for you if you hit upon a goldmine for yourself.

        I think the only way forward is to simply do stuff if it makes you happy – there was this book somewhere which argued that happiness was the ultimate currency. Kinda made sense to me.

        By the way, that song by Rachel Yamagata is awesome.

      • drewpan says:

        Happiness is the ultimate currency… but to say that it exists independently of money is way too naive, because just as you don’t need the latest gadgets to be happy, happiness can’t pay for medical bills either.

        Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out more of Rachael Yamagata’s stuff. Some people think that it all sounds the same… but while that’s true to a certain extent, her stuff is still all kinds of awesome though. They come in three varieties: sad, sadder, and happy-but-sad.

  6. Alvin says:

    Amen. Ain’t nothing wrong with money – I’d take a boatload LOL But I think the best case scenario is when it’s win-win, you’ve got money AND happiness, not just one or the other (if I was a rapper, I’d probably add money, happiness and gals haha).

  7. Alvin says:

    Any particular album you’d recommend? Is her stuff all emo-like?

    • drewpan says:

      She doesn’t have that many albums (the 3rd just came out recently), so it’s pretty easy to recommend hahaha! I like her first full length album Happenstance a lot, actually. Elephants has a few really good songs, but Happenstance is more consistent.

  8. Juan Blackman says:

    Work sucks, that’s why it’s called work. Otherwise it would be called play and the money you get paid would be a perk–kinda like being an athlete or a musician. I hate it, myself, always have, always will. I wish I could be a little more uplifting and promising, but I can’t. Take solace in the fact that most of us hate our jobs, hate our bosses, and wish they would both go somewhere far far away and never return. If only it weren’t for these damn bills!

    • drewpan says:

      Those bills definitely do suck!

      What sucks is, I’ve had jobs where I’ve felt productive and inspired so I know they’re out there! Ah well…

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