I Love The Idea Of Not Being What People Expect Me to Be

You see me working a job that pays minimum wage, you see me pass you your order with a smile on my face and wishing you a good or better day, and you see me handling the most unhappy customers going to and from work everyday. Do you think I don’t know what you think when you roll your eyes or huff and puff at me? Do you think you phase me when you call me or my other coworkers degrading names or maybe throw a cookie, for example, at us?

I deal with a good number of difficult people everyday at my job. I get a lot more good customers than difficult. But, it’s the difficult customers that try to belittle us that set a fire inside me. All that they have seen me do is take their money and give them their coffee. They assume that I will always stay there. Therefore, I become invisible to them. When those people come through, I look forward to my future self even more. They are my motivators because my future self won’t be invisible or ignored. My value will never decrease because of someones inability to see my worth and I don’t have the time to prove my worth to them because time will never pause for me. I either waste time on irrelevance or make the most of it for myself.

Some people, take the time to ask about my goals and dreams. When I explain what I have done and want to do in my life, it surprises them and they continue to talk to me about it and want to learn more. That, to me, is one of the best feelings I have ever felt. It makes me feel unique and the best kind of different. My ideas are growing and I have discovered more things about myself that I want to learn more about and pursue in the near future. But, for the time being I need to do what I need to do before I can do what I want to do. My life is constantly under construction and everyday is a step closer to the person I want to be. Even if it’s just one positive thought at a time.


Make it happen. Shock every single one of them.









4 Comments on “I Love The Idea Of Not Being What People Expect Me to Be

  1. nicely said; those customers will not remain in your future life anyway. You always present yourself positively so that is what matters and makes you so very good at your job working with people from all walks of life. Life is a continual “lesson”; we learn everyday! XO

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  2. Your strength resonates within this post- you continue to be wise beyond your years. This post also reminded me of a professor I once had, and how once a week he would put a question on the board that read “Who is Lien?” Or “Who just got prompted?”

    Very few of us knew the names of the janitors, librarians, baristas, and copy center people on campus. I have since adopted this method as it is those behind the scenes that make life a little easier. I have also adopted this in my personal life by quickly glancing at name tags and addressing individuals by name. It often brings a smile to their face and a conversation.

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    • Thank you so much for the kind words!! And yes. I love the feeling when customers call me by my name or comment something about me that day. A little goes a long way!! So I continue to try and make other people feel just as special!


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