So if you've been following me from the beginning, (or from my Weebly days) then you know I use to be a server at Waffle House. I busted my ass washing countless dishes, and dealing with simi-crazy people, 4 days a week, to make a disrespectful wage, but it was worth it. I can say that I had a good time and met a lot of really great people as well. But more important than that, I learned a lot about life, myself, and the nature of people, in my short time at Waffle House.
Here's what working at Waffle House taught me:
1. The Internet is Misleading (But you already knew that)
This lesson is nothing new right? However, I think I was unaware of how powerful the Internet is in altering our perception. Let me be the first to say that I thought Waffle House was going to be a hot ratchet mess. (not quite) I mean all I really knew about the company before I worked there was what I saw on World Star Hip-Hop. (not a good look) However, as I became fully immersed in my job, I realized Waffle House wasn't the hot mess I thought it was. I mean Waffle House was on that bulls**t sometimes, like how it didn't matter how many hours a week I worked, my check still ended up being $100 after taxes. (How Sway?) But, I digress. You can't judge a book by its' cover or a company by its' World Star videos.
2. Be Yourself. At all Times. In Everything you Do.
I spent the majority of my adolescence and some of my adult years trying to be "cool" or whatever. That s**t was a waste of time. In all the time I spent trying to please others by being someone I wasn't, I forgot to just be happy. I'm so glad I don't live that life anymore, and working at Waffle House, further cemented my belief in being yourself. We use to get turnt up, talk crazy to people, and every night was like a party. (We did our job though) People loved it. Why? Because instead of putting on the fake "customer service" voice, we think people want to hear, we decided to just be us. You can take it or leave it. (I mean because either way, you gotta wait 3 minutes for these waffles, so...) I take this idea into everything I do. Because regardless of what I do, people are going to feel how they want. (I can't change that) So I might as well do me.
3. Embrace the Bulls**t.
I think the most important thing I learned while working at Waffle House was to embrace the bulls**t. Life is too short, right? So then why do we let the littlest thing cause us to second guess every decision we've ever made? (smh) I can't even really answer this question. Which is why I had to learn to really embrace the bulls**t, and let stuff go. It's not that Waffle House was some holy grail of life lessons, but it did allow me to clear my mind and really analyze some things about myself, and I hope by sharing these lessons, I can help somebody else who is struggling to find something they feel they are missing in life, like I was.
Rarely do we get second chances in life, so I assert to make the best of the hand I was dealt.