This is the message I received from my family my entire life. I was the middle child. Younger sister always got her way? Just accept it. Older sister frequently disappointed me by making promises she couldn't or wouldn't keep? Just accept it. There's a running joke in our family about how when I was little and my sister would cry for a toy I had, my mother would say "Just give it to her, she'll only cry if you don't." This shouldn't have been okay. I was taught in almost everything to just accept whatever happened. Now, as a 30something adult, I don't know how to stand up for myself when it counts. I am incapable of saying 'this isn't right.' I don't send back food when it is wrong in restaurants. I have a terrible time taking back purchases to stores. I've had friends and boyfriends who treated me poorly. My whole current situation with my job is this exact thing. So while I may not get the promotion I want and/or deserve I'll accept the fact. Why? Path of least resistence maybe. I went from a couple of really crappy ass jobs to this one. I know how much worse it really could be. Thus far this job hasn't made me cry. :) Both of my last 2 jobs did. In fact the casino almost turned me into an alcoholic. I do know that I would not be happy working in some ginormous company where I am a teeny tiny piece of the massive machine.
I guess the only answer is to stop obsessing and fretting and just wait and see what happens. I am not good at waiting to see what happens. I read the last page(s) of my books. I check TWOP to find out who won certain shows before I actually see the end (The Apprentice & Real World/Road Rules Challenge).
In answer to Matty P's question about talking too much to the poor cheese guy... I chatted about how I couldn't find the Draino. I knew where the cheese was but they moved the Draino and they really shouldn't move the Draino because then people can't find the Draino. (I think I said Draino like 15 times). But I did tell him where to find the cheese. Poor guy looked a little alarmed. Probably totally regretted asking the drunk girl anything. :)