The biggest day of the year for the restaurant company for which I used to work is Cinco de Mayo. When I was a server, it was a gruelling 12-hour, non-stop day during which I would take about 50 times the number of steps I do now in a 24-hour period. The restaurant was new, busy and understaffed. It was exhausting and exhilarating, great money and unforgettable camaraderie. When I was a general manager, it was more stressful and the tips were replaced by a sense of accomplishment. As a regional manager, the amount of work rivaled that of a new restaurant opening. I tried to be the conductor and the first violin at once, as well as the advertising, PR and marketing director. We planned for months in advance: budgets, entertainment, products, staffing… Once I was the COO, things were easier. I oversaw the managers’ work and didn’t have to be there late into the night. Today is the first May 5th since 2003 that I haven’t been focused on festivities and maximizing sales. Ten years. Although, I desperately miss working, I will celebrate this relaxing May Sunday as a silver lining to my situation.
I hope you’ve had a relaxing 5th May. Have to grasp any silver linings we can get with this illness don’t we?! I love the chart, some of the reasons are very funny (and highly worrying if at all true!)
It was definitely nice to do nothing… But, at the same time, I’m always doing nothing, so I missed the chaos of a busy holiday at my old job. Just trying to turn the frustrations into silver linings… Thanks for the comment. 🙂