In one regard, that doesn’t shock me too much. I’m, pretty much, always happy at any job I do. However, this realization has come to surprise me a little. Here’s why:
You know those conversations you have with your significant other: What would you do if we had a few million dollars? A part of my answer has always been that I would not work. I’m pretty sure that with that much money I could find something to do all day so that I wouldn’t be bored at not having a job. My wife, of course, leans the way of the social butterfly that is “woman” and says she would still want to work. This isn’t about her, though. As I’ve said before, if she wants her own website she can have one. Me, why work? Wouldn’t need the money.
Recently, though, I’ve come to realize how much I like going to my part-time, M-F, 4-8 PM job. Ignore the fact that we can never socialize on weeknights (my wife likes to be in bed early). My perspective on my current job is this: I have all day to do what I want around the house or around town. I can clean house, play on the computer, read a book, try my hand a writing, nap, all to my heart’s content. I’ve learned, of course, that you can’t accomplish half that if you sleep in too late. I like to get up early(er). I always wake up as my wife is getting ready for her 8-5 job, plus there is a pastor I like the listen to on the radio at 8:30 AM every weekday. This keeps me from wasting my day away in bed. I’m up and free to pursue my goal for the day.
By the time 3 PM or so rolls around, I’m ready to wrap up what I’m doing and I actually start looking forward to work. At work, believe it or not, I enjoy interacting with other people. The people at the desks around me, and in the Pre-Registration area as a whole don’t spend too much time talking to each other, but there is a nice sort of camaraderie that occurs. My job is to pre-register patients over the phone for their medical appointments. Oftentimes I get a patient who is full of personality at the other end of the line. That is kind of fun as well.
I enjoy emailing. I’ll email my co-workers, “customers” in other departments, and my close friends and family when necessary. Whether job related or not, I enjoy the banter back and forth. Writing just seems to be my thing, even if it is just a short email. (This paragraph sounds incriminating, doesn’t it? You’ve heard of those bloggers who get fired for what appears on their websites…)
My wife enjoys the few hours she has at home to herself without her attention-hog husband, but yet again, this isn’t her website.
I feel I do make a difference in my job, believe it or not. If I don’t register these patients over the phone, someone will do it face-to-face when they arrive for their appointment, however pre-registration makes the experience flow more smoothly. When you are pre-registered, the paper work is PRE-pared and awaiting you when you arrive. This saves you time and it save the department (say X-ray) or the provider (say your Primary Care Physician) time so they don’t have to wait for you to register.
In all, my job is useful, I enjoy working with people (I’ve been thinking about how neat people are lately, but that’s another post…) and I have fun. Amazingly enough, I’m coming to realize that I actually like working.