The right kind of stress

Gaaaahhh. I don’t know why I’m still up right now writing this piece. It was completely and utterly stressful at work today, I should have gone straight to bed. But however much this stress is draining the energy from me, it’s just the right kind of stress. It’s not the depressing kind of stress. I am doing too much right now, but the pressure of tasks and responsibilities from a work that I love doing is something that I am willing to accept – blood, tears, sweat, and all.

Right now I am working on something that a lot of people could only dream of doing. Imagine the honor of being one of the core people who put up The Mind Museum. Not in my wildest dreams have I thought I would be doing something like this during the early part of my career. I have learned a lot from working on this project, way more than I would have learned if I worked elsewhere in the country.

I have wonderful bosses that I love to bits. On one hand, I have a very corporate boss who imparts to me a lot of the things he has learned in his experience in leading teams and working in large companies. On the other hand, I have a very un-corporate boss who hates how the corporate world runs, and teaches me a lot of things about how things work outside the corporate framework. I work for a corporate foundation, and that explains why I have superiors from seemingly opposite worlds. It’s doing a lot of good for me, it’s like having the best of both worlds.

The team I work with is also a treasure. It’s a great way how our team is growing from a group of five people when I joined, to what is now a group of fifteen people. A few people have come and gone, but the people who have chosen to stay have slowly grown close-knit. We’re such a wacky group, but at the same time very professional in terms of work output and coordination with people.

We now have less than four months to make things happen. It’s not a walk in the park. Nothing like this has ever been done before. It is the first of its kind here in the country. It is also the first one being done the way we are doing it, and none yet in the community of science centers across the world have they tried building a science center that involved practically all the stakeholders during the design and construction.

Now each day gets tighter and tighter, with tons of paperwork to do, such absurdly complicated coordination of the different teams and contractors working on different aspects and parts of the project, and monitoring of more than a thousand exhibit items that are in production. I am not exaggerating. That’s what I do every day, together with only six people in the exhibition team, and fifteen in the entire foundation. With such limited time and resources, we try to make things happen.

Overwhelmed. I guess that’s the perfect word for what we are going through right now. Super stressed. But I guess it’s ok. I would rather have this than the feeling of being in a job I don’t enjoy, or having a horrible boss, or having terrible colleagues.

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