What if all you have ever wanted, all you have worked for over many years, turns out to be a huge disappointment? That's what the new breed of MPs have been finding out since getting elected in May. For some it is a huge letdown.
You don't have to go far to hear horror stories of MPs sharing flats as if back at university, others drifting deep into their overdrafts through fear of claiming anything at all on expenses, or working crazy hours seven days a week as they accept every single invitation to every lunch, dinner, fete or opening.
The Telegraph's exposure of the expenses scandal, and the subsequent villification of MPs by the public, may have made the job of MP one of the least attractive in the country. The fear is: if you treat people badly, what you get in return is poor performance.
Many had no idea what to expect from their new life and have received little support in introducing them to even the most basic fundamentals of Parliamentary procedure. Most didn't have a computer for days, an office for weeks, but were expected to start serving their constituents immediately.
Then there is the remoteness of the job. One new MP commented at Conservative conference, 'we don't know what is going on, I find out what the Government is doing from the papers. There is no communication from the top. It's amazing, once you get into the Palace [of Westminster] you feel completely cut off.'
The realities of a coalition government mean that some MPs who may have expected to become Ministers have been disappointed. Add to this the disenchanted new breed and very soon there is quite a lot of unhappiness on the backbenches.
The vote on EU funding earlier this week has been likened by some as a return of Tory Euroskepticism. Conservative Home has a detailed rundown of the debate and the full list of rebels. For many this was an issue of real importance on which they wanted to make a stand. Others were happy to find a cause which they were able to use to communicate their general unhappiness.
One seasoned Conservative campaigner said earlier this week, 'the Whips office has a problem. The A listers want to show their independence, others just feel lost. With so many old-stagers leaving at the last election many new MPs have no one to turn to.'
It appears the Whips office has a mighty challenge on their hands.