I have to say I've been a cop for 4 years and what a miserable experience. The department I work in is the worst. To get far in it you have to kiss up to the bosses and bring in numbers to satisfy them. Demand is insane. I took this job with the idea that I'm going to go out there and respond to actual calls of people who need help, and no go out and hunt like a pack of wolves for every damn violation that can exist. The funny thing is you expect "brothers in blue" to be united but far from it. Comrority does not exist. A cop will stab you behind the back before any other civilian would. Please, anyone thinking of taking this job, think again. It ruins your life. It's 4am and I'm on a forum expressing my hatred for this job, if that's not a wake up call I don't know what is. So many other jobs out here. Holding a gun and wearing a shield does not make you cool young lads. Going out there and stopping every person just to boost your fat captains ego and kiss his rear is not what being a cop is. God this job had gone to crap.
I have been a police officer for 18 years. I started working for one of the smallest agencies in Arizona and now work for the largest. I would be dishonest by saying this career has not affected me in some way because it has. Although I knew that would be the case coming into the profession.
Also, in response to moving mountains - you're setting yourself up for failure and creating expectations that you'll never accomplish. This is only going to bring sadness in the end. Do what you can, that is all.
Thank You Madison. I have thus far had a wonderful life and have been fortunate not to have battled many demons. It is only recently that I have been struggling with depression, anxiety and doubt. It has been and unfortunately continues to be a novel and unpleasant experience. Your article has really helped. Keep writing. Thanks again.
Gosh this really helped. I was feeling like shit and felt like all my boyfriends exes were better than me. Even though he absolutely adores me. Thank you for lifting a weight off my shoulders with such a great article
Thanks so much Madison. This is exactly what I needed. I was in such a cycle of self loathing and was searching online for something to help me change that feeling. Today, it was your brilliant piece. A thousand thank yous!
This country-fried, overly personalized explanation has some truth in it, but it ignores the fact that the shale revolution fits into the business world’s favorite explanation for everything today: Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen’s “disruptive innovation” theory of how market leaders lose their crowns. In the 1990s oil business, just as you’d expect in Christensen’s theory, smart money technology leaders like ExxonMobil and Shell had largely abandoned U.S. onshore fields, especially third-tier impermeable shale reservoirs. Smaller, low-tech U.S. independents began experimenting with these abandoned reserves because, well, they couldn’t afford the big kids’ toys. Then through long trial and error, using off-the-shelf technologies and some clever new adaptions, operators made the shales competitive with the cost structure of other sources of oil and gas. And just as the dot-com boom took off in the mid-1990s even though AOL and Prodigy had been around long before, production from the low-cost shales post-2009 exploded from further technical adaptations and powder kegs of capital. For five years, the shales grew faster than almost all other new global sources oil and gas, were cheaper than most of those other sources, and also “better”?—?coming in simpler projects, with quicker return of capital, and more flexible cash outlays.
Investors are asking: if it is now 2002 for the Internet of oil, which companies will be the Google or Amazon of Shale 2.0, winners of the first land rush that used the market downturn to consolidate their position, or buy cheap tuck-in acquisitions, to become even more dominant in the next phase? Which companies will be the unicorns of Shale 2.0 (if Internet unicorns are not bubbling over right now as the next big joke), the Ubers that didn’t even exist in the 2002? And, sweet billions, could there be a Facebook of Shale 2.0, a colossus that emerges from nowhere, and fast? For me, at least, the metaphor breaks down here, given the finite amount of land that is prospective for the best shales, the commoditized nature of oil and gas, and the fragmentation of U.S. oil and gas producers.