I spent a good deal of time feeling pretty embarrassed about the fact that I waited tables. I would cringe when I would run in to an old friend from high school, blurting out “I’m JUST waiting tables for the time being” when they asked what I was up to. I constantly felt I had to explain myself, that what I was doing wasn’t good enough. I graduated from college with a 4.0 GPA, but I couldn’t find a teaching job that lasted more than a few months to save my life. In my mind, I had failed. The American Dream was a sham. I had become “JUST” a waitress.
Then, the economy crashed. Friends of mine were at risk of being laid off, or lost their jobs completely. I read a newspaper article about a man with a PhD who was so broke he had to take work as a pizza delivery driver. Everyday, I became more and more grateful for my job. I decided to stop taking myself so seriously. I refused to be “just a waitress” anymore. I had a crazy job and an endless supply of hilarious stories, and I wanted to make other people laugh. And so, Twenty Something Waitress was born.
It’s a confusing time for a lot of us, but if we’re lucky, we can have a sense of humor about all of it. The economy is wacky, yes. Sometimes things can be pretty disillusioning. But I refuse to believe our dreams are out of reach. We may have to approach them with a different type of creativity and ingenuity in order to see them fulfilled, but there is no reason to give up hope.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you’ll stick around!
Twenty Something Waitress