Life of the over-Employed
I’m almost two months into dual employment and I’m slowly starting to realize how people slip into the routine of workaholism. The first three or four months I lived here in SLC I was working 20-30 hours a week and spent the rest of my time climbing all over the state. I spent easily as much time in the canyons as I did at work. With winter around the corner I knew my climbing time would decrease exponentially so I decided to start looking for a second job. I had no idea it would be so easy to find.
I now also work at Backcountry.com as a phone sales rep. I answer the phones and sell people gear, that’s what that means. I work 40 hours a week at Backcountry (6am-230pm, Mon-Fri); I then leave and drive 10 minutes to The Front where I usually work 30-40 hours a week there as well. I spend about 4 days a week at work from dark to dark. Needless to say, my time in the canyons has gone way down. Oddly enough, I haven’t been to bothered by my intense work schedule. At first it seemed a little overwhelming, but after a week I fell deep into a routine and soon became quite the zombie. People keep asking me “how do you work so much?!” Here’s the answer:
In college, I averaged 19 credits as well as working 20 hours a week as the supervisor and event coordinator of a climbing gym. Outside of that I traveled to hunt and climb all over the state of South Dakota, and when I wasn’t doing that I was at the bar with my friends. I’m used to being busy, in fact, I thrive in the stress of a full schedule. It’s not what I want, but it’s not hard to manage either. Right now, there’s a tiny little white metaphorical circle at the end my tunnel. Come February my schedule will loosen up and by then I hope to be stronger than I ever have been on the stone.
Focusing on the now, looking at a work day as only 16 hours of a long life and telling myself it’s only temporary make everything seem feeble. I enjoy the people I work with and the atmosphere I’m in, so working is just the second part of that equation.
Last little update; for those of you that don’t already know, I got a puppy last weekend. She’s super rad, and so far I’ve totally enjoyed the company and added responsibility. She can definitely be a pain in the ass but she usually makes up for it. I look forward to spending her life doing awesome things. Her name is Sadey, and shes 1/2 german shorthair, and 1/2 brittany spaniel.