“He doesn’t yearn for a better, different life than the one he has – because he knows he’s got a home in this one.”
― Anthony Bourdain,
Anyone that knows me, knows that I have worked in restaurants for a very long time. Fourteen years to be exact.
What they don’t know is that I was went to college to be a cyber crime investigator for the CIA or FBI.
Straight out of high school I attended Utica College back when it was part of Syracuse University. My major was “Economic Crime Investigation with a concentration in Computer Science.”
2 years down and 2 years to go. Everything is going great. Criminology, Statistics, Basic Computer Programming all a piece of cake.
So what happened? Once it we got into the super advanced computer language, I “slowly collapsed like a flan in a cupboard” random Eddie Izzard quote.
I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t get it down. Which should have a red flag for my un-treated ADHD , but instead I withdrew. Ashamed and embarrassed I went into hiding in the restaurant business.
I loved the face paced environment of the restaurant but I would easily get bored in the position I was in. Then I learned new positions. Then I knew all the positions.
It was only fitting that I would become a manager one day.
While restaurant management has plenty of frustrations, It’s perfect for someone like me. I love the constant “bouncing” I must do when running a shift. I can help greet guests at the door, pour a beer at the bar, bus a table, direct staff, flip a saute pan, and chop some basil all in the course of a few minutes.
I do hope to climb in my profession or go on to bigger and better things but for now I know I found a job that I can excel at.