Just keep your eyes on the negative, and you’ll never be disappointed. It’s a great life philosophy. So when bad things happen, you were expecting it. And when good things happen, you’re all the more surprised!
I get this type of thinking from my mom, mostly. Not that my mom’s a bad woman. She’s awesome. Seriously awesome. I love her to pieces! But I’m sure she’d be the first to admit that she’s not only a perectionist, but a pessimist. It works for her . . . for the most part. It’s worked for me most of my life as well . . . again, for the most part.
So I’ve been keeping expectations low regarding this new job. I’ve focused on how crappy my boss would be, on how little I know about psychiatry, on the paucity of emotional energy I’d have to actually invest in my patients and be a good clinician, etc.
Much to my chagrin, I’m finding more and more that I actually LIKE my job! I hate saying that though, b/c the pessimist in me is saying “careful, this could all turn to shit in a matter of minutes!”
Despite the fact that I stay late to work every night, I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it. I love my patients (they’re so friggin’ cute!), I love the staff and most of the people I work with, I’m learning a TON every day, and best of all . . . I’m being treated with tons of respect! Like, people come up to me and ACTUALLY want my opinion! It’s so cool!
So yes, things are going quite well in that arena. Let’s see how long this lasts (Sorry, I had to say it!)