Note to self: It is inadvisable to confide in any person within the workplace. Period. Whether they represent any form of friendship or not, just don't do it.
When someone is departing due to bad blood within the workplace, it seems they find it necessary to hash up anything I might have said as well to aide in their defense. Listen, if you have problems with the boss, policy (or the lack of), other employees, etc. - leave me out of it! I can speak for myself and I plan to do so when the time is right.
There's a term we use called "getting run over by the bus" which means, someone has made them self look better by telling the boss man deleterious things about you. We have a couple of notorious bus drivers to contend with.
I look forward to the day when I am no longer a squirrel just gathering nuts while putting up with the bear constantly ordering me around along with other squirrels trying to out me. One day I will be the bear. The only person that I will have to answer to is myself or my equal colleagues. I promise; if I ever have any squirrels to help me, I will be a kind, ethical, well compensating and responsible bear.
My sister-in-law is a gifted artist with flowers and floral arrangements. This includes decorating large items with flowers. She wants to start a floral business that includes catering. Kind of like an all in one for parties, weddings or other special occasions. She would be involved with the floral and I would be involved with the catering. It's something to seriously consider and research deeply. The freedom to work hard and feel that sense of accomplishment and pride, not just collecting a paycheck. A chance to throw away the nuts and become a happy little cub.
I know that everyday brings new experiences and tools to learn in life. Today, I learned an important lesson in human behavior which has also gained me the confidence to look forward to the new possibilities that await me. Patience grasshopper.