So my unemployment expires today and the job market is very tough. While I have looked for work in the area where I’m reinventing myself, I have also buckled under the pressure of surmounting bills and a pending eviction and have applied to administrative jobs like receptionists or administrative assistant to no avail.
I have 13 years as an office manager for various sized firms; I thought for sure I’d be able to fall back on administrative work. After all, having something to fall back on was the reason I started an office job to begin with. I remember growing up and my father telling me to “find work in an office, learn how to type, learn computers, this way, if you ever need anything to fall back on, you will always know how to work in an office”. Well, that was some pretty good advice back then, it helped me in high school and college, led me on a path to manage offices ranging from 3 full-time employees to 100 at an international firm, but it’s getting me no where now.
If and when I have children, my advice to them would be, find your passion, do that and do it well. Learn how to start a business of your own, be your own boss, manage your priorities and grow it from the ground up. I will want to teach them the joys of nurturing something from the beginning and watch it grow. Their pastimes with me will be doing things like planting vegetables and fruits, from seeds to something that sustains life. It will help them realize their connection to the earth, patience in waiting for a return and diligence in daily routines to get to a payoff.
We will apply those same principles to school work, ideas, finances and everything else in life that matters. This is my fantasy; let’s see how reality will play out. In the meantime, I’m holding on to my dream of building a career media as a television producer, but I’m not holding on to it as tightly as I had been over the last year. I’m starting to let go a bit in exchange for a more firm grasp on reality. Am I crazy for wanting to follow my dreams and actually paying the challenging price? Only time will tell.
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