I got promoted about a week ago. It's been hectic and stressful the months/weeks leading up to the promotion. And I expect this will continue indefinitely until I get promoted again or keel over and die. But to be honest, despite all the stress these past few weeks. This is nowhere near as bad compared to the level of stress I had in my previous company. I have more responsibility now. But I have more money to buy and do the things that make me happy. And I manage to have free time for other things than work.
A pleasent surprise as well is that despite the challenges and difficulties at work this year, the year is about to end without my annual cluster headaches striking. My annual cluster headaches are stress triggered. Frustration and fatigue accumulates and forces my body to "reboot" itself involuntarily. But this year, I was spared from that month long ordeal. That alone already screams the large delta between my previous company and my current one.
My boss announced my promotion at our office Christmas party. Standing before everyone and speaking a few words to them was so surreal for some reason. I've never had so much praise and applause without wielding an instrument. It's nice to know that the general office population feels that I deserve my promotion.
It also feels good to see the term "vice president" as part of one's title. My older sister joked that although she started working a good two years before I did, that we both got promoted to an AVP position in the same year. It's not that we're competing. She just mentioned it as a joke. It's more of a sign of how happy she is for me. The rest of my family is equally happy for me. My Dad, who for years, always was extremely critical about the direction of my life, finally threw me a bone and told me that I am "progressing fine". There was a slight condescending tone from how he said it. But it's my Dad, and I'm interpreting what he says negatively as I always do. I know he means well. Really felt that my family was behind me 100% this past week. You gotta love family. When everybody abandons you, your family is always there. I am fortunate to have a family like this.
As I write this post in the relative eerie silence of my appartment, I have only myself to give myself a "pat on the back". I know I got to where I am out of my own perseverance and effort. So to all those who shelved me, didn't believe in me, or just plain couldn't wait around for all the pieces to fall into place, I give you all the proverbial middle finger ,l,
I proved you all wrong. And it's not gonna be the last time that I manage to do that.
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