When I told people that I got a job bathing dogs (and in the future probably grooming dogs) I got one of two reactions. Reaction 1: That’s wonderful! Working with dogs is right up your alley. Reaction 2: You have a Masters, why are you grooming dogs?
Most people fell into the first category. Only a couple people were truly upset that I was going into this field. These were the people who I expected to understand the most because they’ve known me the longest, but perhaps that’s the reason why they objected the most. What’s funny about these two people is one of them recently reconnected with me when she found out I was getting married, and the other is a friend’s mother who feels like she knows best.
No matter how many people congratulated me, I still was a bit hurt by their comments. I couldn’t get their comments out of my head (even though I could have deleted them off of facebook). I have to remind myself that their opinion doesn’t matter. My parents and my other friends who are looking out for my happiness–not just money–are the people whose opinions really matter.
That being said I think I’m going to love my job. I got to hang out with the groomers yesterday and all of them are really nice. They were eager to answer my questions. In fact everyone at the Petsmart where I work are really nice people. I can’t complain.
So, I’ve told myself to put the hurtful comments out of my mind and focus on being the best dog bather that I can be.
Until next time…keep your fur clean.