When I was 14 years old, I had a job as a parking lot attendant. I felt privileged to have a job, but in hindsight didn’t show that appreciation for the job itself. I engaged in a number of activities that compromised my work ethic, and were careless and even at times illegal.
After the cars were parked in the parking lot, it was my responsibility to patrol the parking lot. Instead of doing this, I decided, on one occasion, to fire an air rifle in the back of the parking lot at a target. The most ridiculous thing about this is that I was supposed to be safeguarding the patrons who parked their vehicles there, as well as their vehicles, and in fact was a greater threat to them than anyone else! Although I did get in trouble for this, I realize that I carried a bigger burden for my actions than any discipline from my employer could resolve.
Learn from my mistakes. Respect your workplace and the job you were hired to do. Challenge the stereotype that teenagers aren’t good workers and cause more harm than good. It took me several years to demonstrate good work ethic, and I realize now that part of this was because I never really came to grips and resolved my actions from this incident.
I have come a long way from that day, but these words I am blogging now are fruitless if I don’t encourage others to not follow in my shoes.
Thank you for your time.