by Kaitlyn Rubow
People think that when I am stressed out or feeling more depressed than normal I am over reacting, but they do not really know what it is like to do what I do and be put in my shoes. These past few months have been like one day on repeat constantly.
My day starts either two ways depending on if I have school or not. If I do, I wake up at 6:30 am and get myself dressed and ready to leave. If it is the weekend, I wake up according to the time I have to work or not. Sometimes I get lucky and get to sleep in, or even stay home because I took the day off. Those are rare though.
If I have work after school, I go in at 4 p.m. and work till 10 p.m. During that time, I preform many tasks such as; empty all trash cans by 5, check all bread dates and fill bread shelves, restock milk and dairy products, straighten isles and pull empty boxes off the shelves, fill eggs, stack all milk crates, bring in all carts when needed, sweep and mop entire store, and turn out the lights at the end of the night. By 10:00 I am ready to go home. My dad picks me up to take me home at 10, I eat, shower, and go to bed by midnight. I usually don’t get a lot of sleep before I have to get up to do it all over again. On the weekend I usually wake up an hour before I have to be at work, get ready, eat, drink coffee, and leave.
With my parents being separated, it is hard to see both of them every day. I usually see my mom on the weekends if I didn’t see her through the week.
People think that being young is not stressful, but when you’re not in control of life changing decisions made for you, things get very stressful. I imagined my senior year to be fun and one I will never forget, but it’s one that I can’t wait to be over. I wish I could change things, but unfortunately, I cannot.
I know that many people have worse problems than I, but I believe that I can be a great example to prove that even as young adults, we face stress, depression, and the responsibilities we are given can be overbearing at times. And though our problems do not seem to be as bad as grown adult problems, they are just as stressful as any others.