Surplus Person Ends Strike.
Many menial jobs show a distinct downward curve in motivation on part of the employees. During the trial period of 3 months, an employee shows off their best side. After the trial period is through, and a contract is offered by the employer and signed, a noticeable decline in motivation and cheerfulness ensues. Complaints and discontents arise, having been dragged in but subdued during the trial period.
I, a surplus person, have experienced this same discontent. I came into my new role as a surplus person full of cheer. I admitted something to myself which most people may find hard to admit. I wore my uniform with pride and tried to engage in conversation about my status as often as I could. It is now month 6 of being in a contract with myself, in which I will engage on a daily basis with my surroundings as a surplus person. The last weekend of March I shed my uniform, took an awkwardly long time to find a new outfit to wear, and went with my love to Birmingham England, glad to have a few days off from this role.
My conversations with strangers about this strong conviction I had/have of being a surplus person declined. I was noticed in my uniform, but seldom approached. My uniform has begun to show signs of wear, and has become one of the most versatile and comfortable articles of clothing I own. Other signs of disengagement came in the form of a thinking block. Some projects I dreamed up never became a reality. The sugar video, for example. I filmed a short sequence in a secluded garden, and it did not come out as I wanted it to. I performed the ironing of receipts in public, which was well received. I found out that a podcast I posted was pretty much entirely false . All in all I experienced a bout of disengagement and discontent. I went on strike.
For 10 days I wore different clothes everyday. I practiced a form of mindfulness that helps me very much to be aware that whether I want to admit it or not, I have a place in the world. People reacted to my change in attire. At one point during the week I was late for a meeting at the academy. When I sat down, all eyes were on me and where there had been a conversation there was quiet. Finally one of the persons present asked, “So, where’s your uniform?” Others chimed in that they barely recognized me, that they had only known me as the surplus person, and that now I was just Gaby in their midst.
A strike consists of workers being discontent with salary or conditions in the workplace. Workers strike to show their employer how important the employees are, and how crucial to functioning of the organization. My strike came as a result of a mental and emotional stagnation, which is also the reason why I took up the job as a surplus person in the first place. It seems that for me, mental and emotional stagnation is a point of departure from which to try out a new perspective and stance in life. Still haven’t a clue where it’s leading.