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April 3, 2008

how should I cure my dissatisfaction?

Filed under: philosophical — Tags: , , — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

urban sympathyI have a growing feeling of dissatisfaction.

One of the problems is that although I got a substantial 8% payrise after my last review (thanks again folks, I am genuinely pleased with this) I didn’t get a promotion. Not only did I not get a promotion, but two people who I consider my peers were promoted. They weren’t promoted to the level above me, but the level above that. I know, I know, I shouldn’t compare myself, but it’s difficult not to.

I really enjoy what I do most days, I love the field that I work in, I love working with intelligent people, both within my own company, and other organisations. In the last year though, I’ve only been challenged by about half my workload. Whatever I decide, I need to stretch and grow.

I’m not sure that I want to get a new job quite yet. There are some new challenges coming up at work in the next six months, so I’ll probably see how it goes for a bit. But I’m keeping a more open eye on the job adverts that are going out.

Another problem that I have is not having enough friends. Actually, that’s not true, I’ve got some really good friends, it’s just that in the last couple of years nearly all of them have moved away. I catch up with various people pretty often, but I don’t know anyone (apart from colleagues) to do anything spontaneously with.

I’ve also got quite a few new friends that are local, who I’ve met in the last year or two. I really enjoy their company, but I don’t know them that well. And most of them have kids, so are too busy to hang out with. Lots of shallow rooted friendships just isn’t as good (to me) as a couple of really deep ones. I hope some of these friendships will probably grow in time, but that’s cold comfort today.

It sounds like I’m moaning about how bad my life is. And really I shouldn’t, there’s just a little niggling feeling of dissatisfaction that I want to get rid of in a good way.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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