first of all, CONGRATS! just hearing your story gives me a bit of hope, haha.
...i haven't exactly left
my job yet, but i've been there
for about three years now, and more often than not, i struggle
with walking out or staying put for probably the same reasons
i put so much into it, and get so little out of it. and yeah, i completely
feel you on being unappreciated. you go above &beyond your expectations,
only to be treated as if you could've done better (or not even recognized
for it at all). you're there (even early!) for your shifts while very rarely calling off,
you let things roll off your back or you bite your tongue because you know
it will spiral into unnecessary drama - EVEN though it eats at you, and EVEN
though if it was anyone else, they'd throw a fit.
when the power of authority goes straight to someone's head,
taking their job entirely too seriously, stressing themselves and their staff
out about the tiniest things that do not matter...
i keep trying to look on the bright side, and be thankful that i even have
a job. try to swallow the sword and look forward to the day that i take
my last step out of that place, and never have to look back.
AND... do it with a huge smile on my face, not letting anyone have the
satisfaction that they got to me, or that i'd rather light a match and throw it
behind me as i'm wavin' goodbye
ahh, i can't wait