Today’s Prompt – Support: Write about a time you’ve been on the sidelines cheering for somebody else, literally or figuratively.
I worry that I’m not a very supportive person. It’s not that I don’t support the people in my lives, but I’m not sure that I do a good job of showing that support, and, really, what good is support if the person who you’re supporting doesn’t know it?
I’m naturally a problem solving, idea generating person. So, when presented with a situation, it’s hard for me to just sit and listen in support without offering advice from my perspective. That is probably really annoying to people. It would annoy me, I’m sure.
I’m going to work on changing that – on listening to a vent or a rant without offering an unsolicited solution. I’m going to work on supporting people in the way that they need to be supported.
Recently, my husband decided to leave his job for a number of very good and very valid reasons. The first and most important reason was that he’s been extremely unhappy at work and with his position there ever since I’ve known him – going on six years now. That’s no way to live 40 of the 168 hours in a week.
He gave notice, fulfilled his final obligations and is currently looking for another job. While he’s doing that, he’s figuring out what he wants to do, what will make him happy, etc. While that all marinates in his head, he’s working on getting our old house ready to sell. He has dinner on the table when I get home most nights of the week. He offers his shoulder for me to cry my eyes out on when my unhappiness at work gets to be too much.
I fully support him in his search for a new and better vocation in life. Absolute, 100% support, even if I’m also just a little bit jealous that he gets to take naps with the dog during the day and has the guts to find his happy way in life.