I was a high school dropout, so most of my jobs (and I've had plenty) have been of the low-skilled, low-paid service variety. I was a miserable human being during the years I worked in fast food restaurants, clothing shops, telecom offices and insurance brokers. At the time I thought my misery was caused by the degrading and incredibly dull nature of the work; now that I've been out of that kind of job for a few years I think that the work itself was only a minor contributor to my wretchedness.
See, the thing about the service industry is that you are constantly surrounded by people and noise. There is always another customer waiting to be served, a phone needing to be answered or a bored co-worker wanting to discuss her plans for the weekend. Only when I started working full-time from home and began to go days without seeing or speaking to anyone did I realize how much being around other people drains me.
Since I've been working alone my entire personality has changed. I'm calmer, kinder and more creative. I do not growl at shop assistants and postal workers. When I see friends and family now I feel genuinely