The company I work for has a charitable foundation aimed at helping fellow employees in need (unforeseen medical issues, partner’s job loss, death in the family, etc). Part of the fundraising includes events at the home office, and there’s a group of volunteers who keep these events running, as well as the general operations of the foundation.
The “friends of the foundation” had a thank you breakfast yesterday. I was looking forward to it. Several other people in my immediate department (of about 15 people) are also “friends of the foundation,” so I figured we’d go together and sit with each other. However, when I asked people about it yesterday morning, they all said they had too much work to go.
My first thought was “Crap, now I won’t have anyone to sit with!”
What the heck? I’m 37 years old, have worked at this office for nearly 10 years in at least four different departments, and have volunteered for the foundation for most of that time. There’s no reason on earth that I would have NO ONE to sit with. And, in fact, I ended up sitting with several people that I knew, and we had a perfectly pleasant breakfast together.
But sheesh, does this high-schoolish insecurity ever go away?!