Can you tell I’m excited?
Not only am I enthused that the week is soon over, and the weekend is just around the corner, but I’m also thrilled that I’ll have a quiet day at the office. I’ll have time to settle in and really focus on my work – far from the madding crowd, who will mostly be working from home.
I like the people I work with. I really do. They’re actually a lot like me, we have similar senses of humor, and they’re nice enough. And they’re not total jerks. That’s a plus.
Still and all, it’s really wonderful when I get to work from home. I don’t have to contend with the environmental stresses of the overhead fluorescent lights, the intrusive sounds and smells and interruptions. Here at home, I am solitary, I have an environment that works exactly for me, and I don’t have to deal with the harsh lights and noises and unexpected spikes in social activity outside my cube. Lucky me, I sit at a corner, flanked by offices of upper-level people who have a steady stream of sycophants “just stopping by” to shoot the sh*t and impress their boss.
Anyway, today will probably be pretty quiet, since it’s Friday – when most people work from home. So, that’s super cool. Super, super cool. And I can go to the pool and have a nice leisurely swim — or an energetic one, if I like.
The really nice thing is that, since I had two days working at home, I am far less stressed than I am when I don’t work from home at all, or I only have one day. It’s wild, how much it helps me to not have to drag my ass into the office, through traffic, and being surrounded by all those environmental stressors.
I hate to think I’m that susceptible, but hello – I am. I’m not a shrinking hothouse flower. I have an extremely sensitive system that’s attuned to my environment in ways most NT people can never, ever suspect. Compared to me, they’re little blocks of wood with legs, walking around in oblivion. I don’t have that luxury. And why should I? My sensitivities are my strength.
If only I weren’t punished for them, each and every day of living in that world.
But today I don’t expect to be punished. Today, I expect to have a supremely awesome day. In peace. And quiet.