Tuesday, September 24, 2013
This is an open letter of sorts, particularly to my IT friends. If you can, do yourself a favor and do not work nights.
Currently I work seven twelve-hour shifts in a two week period, 1900 to 0700, that's 7pm to 7am. The long weekends sound good on paper, but they are an illusion. More to the point, nights make your life suck.
I am in my ninth month of doing this, and it is finally breaking me. I don't enjoy any of my normal interests, I don't get excited about anything. My weekend activities have become rote to the point of lunacy. I say all this, not to be a complainer, but to warn you of the dangers.
It may have something to do with my age, as I worked night in my younger days, though it is more likely that it has to do with the responsibility of age? At 19 I had no one nor nothing to care about. Now I have a wife of fifteen years that I seldom see. As of this writing, I have not seen her 32 hours, and will not for another 17 hours, if our paths are lucky enough to cross for ten minutes.
Now, I took this job because of the money, but also because I hated my old job. Don't make the same mistake. If you have any affordable options that will keep you among the day walkers you should take it. If you do have to work nights, do yourself a favor and start looking for another job. Night shift is a trap that only leaving a job will free you from.
Enough of my bitching. I miss you gals and guys, but I just cannot get excited about this blog. If you are a night owl too, feel free to hit me up on Twitter, because if you're like me, your friends are asleep!