Arjen wrote: ↑
5 months ago
May I ask: do you get the days you need to take off „sponsored“ again this time? If so, happy for you, but I could understand if it raised eyebrows among some co-workers.
I have a medical note for a week, and yes if you look at it from the perspective above, sure it's going to raise a few eyebrows. And more people would if I hadn't told them my story, and it's not as if that was needed either anyway. My colleagues known me with a shaved head and now with long hair and they're raving about how different (yes I think it means better) I look.
Now that I'm shaved again, and I hadn't taken such a big leap (from hair to bald) since I was like 20, the plain truth is just that my bald self and my "hairy" self are simply too different people. It's about your very identity, how you want to appear in the world, and this is no joke. The more time passes, the more I realize that getting my hair back was about looking like my true self again. And yes that person has hair, it occurred to me after another colleague told me: "Why can't you accept yourself as a bald man?"
I've thought about that a lot and this thought ended up popping in my mind: what makes him think that the "true Fred" is necessarily the bald one? Because bruh, it's nature! And you would look like that with any intervention. Yeah, of course it's the case most people would defend, take it to its conclusion then: don't shave, don't take care of yourself, don't groom yourself, if you lose a teeth, just leave it like that, be your true self like nature and fate intended! Especially as a man, real men don't care and let nature do whatever she wants!
Wow I went off on a little tangent here :p. Anyway, taking time off any other medical problem that makes you suffer physically, hell even for depression, anxiety, burnouts would barely raise any eyebrows, and some people take time off for like 3 months and are like "so what, I'm sick!" and sometimes we know that they're mostly faking it, I guess that's a common story in workplaces, and I'm being conservative with my example above.
If someone has a problem with my surgery and the fact that the recovery is sponsored, they can come to me with their arguments if they want, but it seems that they won't, I sure know that I can make a good case for myself.