Domonique Russell

Blessings in the Trap House

Domonique Russell
Blessings in the Trap House

I have to get out of here ! I have to get out of here! I say these words about 4 to 6 times a day, 4 days out the week. I despise my job! There is no other way to explain how I feel about working in a plant environment. Don’t get me wrong I am blessed and grateful for a job that allows me to take care of myself , travel, and buy things I never could afford to. However I am tired of waking up at the crack of dawn to clock in, work for 10 or more hours in extremely terrible work conditions. All in the name of the mighty dollar. 

I first started working at Chrysler back in 2013. I honestly only applied because of the pay! What other reason was there? The interviews, drug test even the orientation went smoothly. The moment I received my work schedule my senses began to tingle a little. I worked Wednesday-Saturday,630pm to 430 am. My first day on the line, I sweated out my hair put a hole in my shirt and hurt my wrist. My senses were screaming at this point. However I pushed through my 3 month probation period and became full time. Six months turned into one year and here I am 5 years later. 

I refer to Chrysler as the trap house ! I didn’t realize how much of a trap this place was until each year a raise came. I fell further and further in because I grew accustomed to a certain lifestyle. However in 2016 I got a big wake up call. My plant was constantly laying the entire plant off for weeks at a time. This went on for almost a year. Then finally in June 2016 I received notice that I would be laid off indefinitely. I was laid off for 5 months! My God was that a rough patch. Every bill I had was never paid on time. I went into a slight depression. Everyday I was on job websites searching for something anything to make more money. After 5 long months Chrysler called me back to work. I was very hesitant! I just knew that God was going to bless me with a new job so I wouldn’t have to go back to the trap. 

Now 5 years in I realize that I have to put in the work to get myself out of here! I can complain all day long but that’s not going to help anything. I know I’m more than just a number on role call. However these checks are a blessing helping me pay for tuition!! I said all that to say that every storm I went through was to get me to where I am today. When I finally get my Bachelors degree next spring all of this hardship will not be in vain. I know I’m on the right path I just have to be patient in order to finish out this marathon. The way I see it this is just temporary.  Five years may not seem temporary to you but I’m using this until I can permanently do what I dream. Whatever your dream is, KEEP PUSHING! Hold on its coming.

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