So after having spent the majority of this year working full-time in an office in the city, I’ve come across a few things that were a little unexpected...
1. Contrary to my previous expectations, the city does not smell like vomit. It actually smells like piss, cigarettes and expensive coffee.
2. You really don't need to buy that.
3. How to avoid being asked for money or time: look straight ahead, walk with a purpose. If they're good at what they do and catch you, smile and nod in acknowledgement, and continue.
4. Attitude is important. It can make a big difference.
5. How to speak properly on the phone. You'd be surprised at how many people lack ettiquette or at the very least a clue.
6. How to address and send mail. I did not know beforehand.
7. Smile and be friendly no matter what. People reciprocate, and they tend to remember you if you're nice. If for nothing else, do it to spread a little goodness. If you're in a bad mood, fake it and people will give you a smile to take with you.
8. Free stuff. Ain't it great?
9. Avoid certain areas like the plague. NO I DO NOT HAVE CHANGE FOR YOU SIR.
10. The world is not like school, so don't fret.
11. The IT department are miracle workers and can save your ass (or work) either quickly, or slowly. Be nice to them.
12. Yes, we all know some people are incompetent. You can't really do anything about it so suck it up and do the best you can with what you have.
13. All about travelling on trains. ALL about travelling on trains.
14. Be patient and courteous. No need to blend in and do the same thing as any prick, who drones on in his or her life with no joy or common feeling. Time isn't so important as it's cracked up to be - feeling good is better.
15. How to catch a bargain. Ohhhh yes.
16. How to play Freecell. 50+% win rate every round, beat that. (That’s not a challenge to you dear reader.)
17. Each day is a new one, and you can let it be like every other day that you've made mistakes and repeat them, or you can move forward.
18. Be generous of yourself and you will receive much back.
19. Motivation comes to those who motivate themselves.
20. Never trust the office kitchen.
So it got a little harder to think toward the end. Anyway I hope this provided at least a little insight or amusement to its readers. What do you think, and did you agree with any one in particular?