“How Quitting A Stressful Job Made Me Realize I Am Worthy”
Sometimes, when people pick up on my learning disabilities, they see an opportunity to take advantage of me and my time. I’ve experienced this more than once in my life, and so my radar is finely tuned, if not over used.
During the summer of 2006, shortly after a move to Florida, I was hired to dog sit for a couple living in my residential community. They had a cute Boston Terrier with the calmest disposition I had ever seen on a dog! It appeared to be the perfect job. I could set my own hours, plus the money and the dog were good.
As time went on, however, the couple’s true colors began to show. They expected me to be at their beck and call. I was scheduled to work five mornings a week, but I regularly received last-minute calls and texts asking me to “come over and watch the dog.”
In time, the “cute Boston Terrier” died and was quickly replaced by a very rambunctious puppy. At the end of every appointment, I was so sore! I just couldn’t take it anymore.
What’s more, I think that my learning disabilities were a factor in how I was treated, judging by how the couple talked down to me and how often they repeated instructions. I don’t think they believed I was intelligent enough to figure out what was going on, and so they took advantage of me — always asking more, more, more.
Unfortunately, I have dealt with this type of behavior most of my life.
And over time, I have come to accept that, no matter what I do, I am going to face rejection. I will never be good enough for some people — and that includes some family members, sadly.
The good news is: I happen to like myself just fine. So do the dogs — and most of the time they are more rewarding partners anyway.
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Updated on April 7, 2021