Before I go ahead and tell you what signs to look out for to differentiate a real-life Walker from normal office drones, let me start by offering you a super warm hug and a very sincere “Thank you!” for subscribing to my life (or my filled-with-bad-life-choices of a blog). Six years ago on this same day, I have decided to create a blog (then titled twilightmistress and then changed to twylalalala [what did I tell you about bad life choices?!]) as a repository of my unpublished articles.Today, this blog now serves as a repository of my thoughts, dreams, random acts of stupidity, achievements and adventures– basically my whole life. Thank you for being a part of that.
Now here’s that warm hug I promised:
No? Oh okay… Let’s just go back to the topic on hand, shall we?
After a month of working on the night shift, I finally realized how hard it must be for call center agents and people who cater to foreign customers in general to live in the darkness. Coming to work was easy. You don’t have to get into crammed trains or wail in the midst of traffic. You also don’t have to wake up early because– well, you will eventually have a different concept of “early.” What makes being on the night shift hard is the fact that you’re basically working while everyone else (including you) are supposed to be sleeping.
This isn’t some hipster thing salary slaves like us like to do. We LITERALLY go against what nature dictates we do. According to the American Psychological Association people who work at night are knee-deep in various health risks. “Our bodies and brains evolved to relax and cool down after dark and to spring back into action come morning. People who work the night shift must combat their bodies’ natural rest period while trying to remain alert and high functioning,” says Michael Price on his article about the risks of night work.