The following is an excerpt from Stephen Mayer’s piece for the Summer, 2012 issue of Cartel, the FlipCollective e-magazine.
It’s 2:15 on a Tuesday and I’m at work. If you subtract trips to the kitchen for coffee and the time I spent at lunch, I’ve been staring at this computer screen for four and a half hours today.
Three years ago, by 2:15 on any weekday afternoon, I had also spent more than four hours in front of a similar computer screen.
Who cares, you’re saying. Why I am telling you this, you wonder. If you don’t explain soon, I’m going to go find another funny Venn diagram, you’re screaming.
Because three years ago I was working for an airline, mindlessly setting prices for air travel.
And today, I work for an architectural firm, assisting in the design of buildings around the globe in an effort to improve the built world and leave a long-lasting, physical legacy.
The chief difference being that now I don’t feel the urge to test the integrity of my office’s “shatter-proof” windows with my skull.
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