A recent conversation between me and a friend over cocktails...
"I just don't understand how I keep falling into this cycle!" said the friend.
They had recently found themselves in a situation similar to previous points in their life. It was work-related, of course.
"It's not what I expected. And I just don't think I can deal with the evilness that is around me much longer," they said.
I laughed. And laughed. And laughed.
"I think that's called 'real life.' We all feel that way occasionally about jobs we've had."
"I feel that way all the time!" they said. "It is always like this! I'm sorry. I know. I am so 'dramatic'."
I thought about it for a second, and then told them I didn't so much see them that way.
"You not 'dramatic'," I said. "I see you more as 'creative.' And it's been said that 'creative people need something to rebel against'."
This made them feel better. Because it's true.
I never see myself as 'dramatic.' Always as 'creative.' Always.