Anyone find it difficult to talk to people who aren’t in tech?
Being more specific: people struggling to meet rent or support their families, people who don’t enjoy their jobs, people who have lived in the same small town since they were born.
I’m not trying to bash or say I’m any better than anyone who matches these descriptions because of where I work. I just find it extremely hard to talk to these people without seeming like I’m bragging.
I visit my hometown and see extended family and old friends, and they always talk about how great my life must be, and how smart I must be (lol) to be in my position, and how much better California must be compared to where they are. They treat me like some God with a perfect life.
How do I respond to these things? And when they talk about money or work troubles, how am I supposed to relate? I will admit here that yes, I likely have a greater amount of security and satisfaction with my work than the majority of them, but I would never say anything like this out loud. (Again, I’m not better than them, I see myself as simply being very lucky.)
In these situations I always feel super awkward and afraid to say anything because it might make me seem like an entitled prick.
The same principle here can be applied to talking to the cleaning lady in my building, talking to my Uber driver, etc.