“Look at it. I pulled it in perfectly equidistant from the car in front of me and the car behind me.”

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I’m back from Denver.  It’s snowing here, so yay.  Tomorrow I’m going to tell my boss I want to be a partner, or I quit.  I know I’ve said I wanted to be a peon with no responsibilities for a while, but it’s been getting on my nerves.

It’s painful to watch someone make poor decisions out of inexperience, and not know whether it’s wise to intervene.  I know money is fake, but I’m intensely conditioned to cringe when it’s thrown away for no good reason.

I hate being a civilian.  I hate working with people who don’t care about a company for which they’ve willingly dedicated much of their time.  It raises my blood pressure.  I thought I would fare better in an academic setting, but instead, I was surrounded by too much theory, not enough experience, and closed minds.

When a professor told me what I wanted to do wasn’t possible, I silently wished for an immediate refund on every penny spent on my tuition.  I was so offended.  I didn’t censor filter myself much back then.  I said, “You mean you can’t imagine how I’m going to do it.”  And I did it.  Dammit.

My expectations of higher education were so far off the mark it’s laughable in hindsight.  I was disappointed, but it was a significant lesson.   The lesson I’ve learned from working as a civilian is to always be the boss.  I’ll be delighted with whatever happens tomorrow.  I can’t be a peon for someone with less experience and initiative.

I thought I needed to step aside for the millennials to take over, but I forgot they need us to show them the secret handshakes, first.  I’ve felt like I’m stuck in a time warp since I got out of the service.  The military is more advanced in many ways.  (The reason is too scary to dwell on.)

I do believe these younger generations (Y and Z) are going to reshape how westerners think.  Thank goodness.  It’s beautiful to watch them enforce a higher standard of how we treat one another.  If this is you, thank you.  I see what you did there.  🙂

 

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