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I Digress

Published: 10 December 2018


I've never found it difficult to write but I don't write often because of two things: I tend to digress and for some reason, I am prone to evoking the wrong emotions from people that happen to read what I write.

An erstwhile friend who frequented my old blog once told me that my writing is too flowery. I agree. I like using metaphors and hyperbole and become self-satified whenever I think that readers will find my writing confusing. (Well, I suppose that takes care of evoking the wrong emotions from people.) And I suppose that's why I couldn't make it as a fulltime blogger; people— myself included— just don't appreciate being confused by what they read.

At some point, I'd like to improve on my writing. I want to be on point and to be clear. Maybe at some point, I want to pick the right expressions that would lead the reader to places that I want them to find themselves. But since I'm writing as a hobby, this isn't urgent. Well, it had not been urgent until I realised that, in the End of Day reports that I pass to my client, I may not be writing as effectively as I have to be.

See, last week, I was called to the After Care office for a short talk...

But let me digress for a second: After Care is a person in our workplace who handles client-worker relations. Basically, she periodically asks us how we (the workers) feel about our work, asks the client how they feel about working with us, and then she tries to identify problem areas so they can be worked on. But for the life of me, I don't know why that is called “after care”.

I've tried searching for “after care” on Google and here's what I got:

  1. support services for a recovering patient
  2. support services for a person who has been discharged from an institution, like a prison
  3. a system of maintenance for a product
  4. in BDSM, a rest period (LOL)

So, yeah. I'm confused.

...anyway. After Care told me that my client feels that I may be stressed-out; that I may be trying to do a lot in a short period of time; and, that I should try to relax because so far, they are very satisfied with my work. That last part, I really appreciate. But I'm really confused as this has been the most relaxed work evironment I have been in for a long time!

It's a good thing, though, that I keep those reports saved in my outbox; because the next logical step is to review those reports and determine where I might be leaving wrong impressions. I don't want people thinking that I'm stressed out. It means that, for my own good, they are watching me— and I don't like being watched.