I used to work at a high-end boutique fashion shop where a simple tank top cost you 100 bucks, where my customers smelt like an expensive perfume, and they easily spent their money without a second thought. My shop was nice and cool. And I felt safe and happy to go to work.
But something had changed, the retail situation was not good in this part of the world, so my nice shop was forced to close and moved to somewhere a bit far away from where I live. When they asked me if I still wanted to work for them, I said yes. I know it will be a big change and challenge. Now, it’s a clearance outlet, my customers have colourful hair, some I noticed so far have green, blue, and pink hair. Some enter the shop as if they are in another planet. When I greet them, often I get just a blank stared at me or a surprised look and ignored look, but I also get some nice responses and friendly smiles.
The place I work now is little bit far away, it will take me 45 minutes to drive. The good thing is, since it’s out of the CBD area so traffic is not bad. I get to know some funny characters since I work here. Some of the customers look rough in the surface but once you have conversation with them, they actually a nice decent people. The other day I had a grandmother wanted to buy her grand-daughter a nice dress for her birthday, though she didn’t have enough money to pay. It breaks my heart looking at this 80 years old lady with her trembling hands counting her money to bit. Or a story of the three sisters who lives in the country and had to driver for 3 hours to go shopping for Mother’s Day. Occasionally I will get a rude real red-neck people but so far I can handle them😉. Shoplifting and pick-pocketing are also common in this area. Just yesterday, a lady came to my shop and was looking at the clothes while her supermarket trolley just parked nearby. Suddenly a man came in and just grabbed her trolley and walked away. Lucky the lady noticed and she yelled and chased him. She got it back. Oh my God, my heart stopped beating for a while and made me nervous since I was only by myself at the shop.
So, even though my shop now not so posh like it was before but so far working here give me lots of life lessons. When I was so jealous of my friend displaying her beautiful face on social media with expensive bag and shoes while holidaying overseas, I got slapped on my face listened to the lady that she had to wait until pay day to buy that nice tunic for $20. When I complained that after work I have to cook dinner and I wish I could just go to the restaurant to eat out, this young woman told me that she’s never been to Red Rooster let alone eating out at the nice restaurant. Oh my, I feel so spoilt suddenly.
Like my mother always says, ” don’t always look up you’ll never content with your life “. It’s true. Social media, ads, glossy magazines, they are all sometimes make us feel wanting this and that and it never ends. I’m grateful that I’m healthy and I’m capable to work. I believe if I’m good enough in the end of the day I will get something better. I actually don’t mind managing the shop and dealing with the customer, but I really don’t like the location and how far I have to drive to work. Some people like driving far away to work, but not me unfortunately.
I believe one day I will get something better if I’m patience and persistent in what I’m doing. Meanwhile…life goes on, I just need to toughen up and stop being a princess😜😜
Happy Thursday everyone, day off today yaay!!