I never knew it was possible to have fun at work. In my old job – a billion years ago when I used to be a programmer – work was a chore. It was somewhere I had to go, and I had to stay all day, and keep an eye on the clock, and eventually they’d let me go home. I did it to get paid.
So here I am, 10 years later, after 5 years of school, back to working. And guess what? It’s fun. I go to work, I’m busy all day, and I come home exhausted but happy. How is that possible? Well, it has a lot to do with what I’m doing. What I’m doing is audiology. When people ask me what I do, and I say (as I now get to say), “I’m an audiologist,” most people say, “What?” It’s like they don’t hear me, which I always laugh about (because it’s funny!) but they don’t get it. So then I have to explain what an audiologist is.
Anyway, my job is also fun because of the people. Not just the people that I’m helping every day (and there have been some great, fun people), but also because of my co-workers. We laugh a lot at work, which is a nice thing. For example, the other day I was testing a kid with autism. I was the second tester, meaning my co-worker was working the audiometer, and my job was to be in the soundbooth with the kid, trying to keep him sitting and paying attention to the tones. With most kids, this is easy. You sit and play with them, and they get to put the block in the bucket when they hear the noise. But a kid with severe autism won’t sit still at all, let alone follow directions about when to put the block in the bucket. So I’m just trying to keep him seated and quiet while my co-worker presents tones looking for some reaction.
Afterward, I had to run directly on to my next patient, so I didn’t get to check in with my co-worker until lunch.
Me: “Did you get what you needed out of that kid this morning?”
Co-worker #1 (thinking for a second): “Which one?”
Me: “The autistic one who kept shrieking at me.”
Co-worker #1: “Oh, that one.”
Co-worker #2: “Is that the one you said Sarah was completely useless with?”
She was joking, of course. And we all laughed uproariously. They kid. They kid because they love. My drawer in the lab is labeled “Peon” and they razz me quite a bit, but it’s fun, and I love it.