I haven’t been updating as frequently as I should. I’m sorry about that. It’s just that I haven’t had much going on as of late. I didn’t feel like repeating myself. My posts were becoming redundant. I felt that taking some time away was the right thing to do.
So now I’m back, feeling recharged, and raring to go. My vacation was relaxing, though too short. I’m back at work now, and even there I’m wondering if there’s a change in my future. I wish I could elaborate, but I’m not sure what it is. It’s just a general sense that change is on the horizon. Maybe it’s a move up, a lateral more, or me deciding to move on, but something is coming.
On that note, I’ve been thinking a bit about my own future. I’ve talked some about how money has never been my prime motivator. It still isn’t, but I’m coming to a point in my life where I need a relatively massive influx of money. I’ll be 39 next month. I want a house, a car, in short, I want my life back on track.
Career-wise, I feel as though I have stalled. I’m comfortable in that I know what I’m doing, and I know my co-workers and feel comfortable around them. Comfort is not enough. I look at my work-in-progress, and I realize that what I want to do is write and maybe make enough to fund my life. I don’t believe I’ll become wealthy, but I would like to make enough to perhaps go back to college.
Retail is a game of numbers, and I don’t have that desire. Again, money is not a motivator. I don’t have a head for business, and though I’m good at what I do, there’s also a lot of things that I fail at, namely customer and co-worker interaction, playing the office-political game, and just doing what I’m told vs. what I think needs to be done. I forget that I’m not free to do my own thing. My manager, as agent of the company I work for, dictates what I do. I hate that.
I’m not clear on what I should do, only that I should do something new. There’s a part of me that yearns for an adventure, a new direction in my life. I have no one in my life, no anchor, nothing to hold me back. There are experiences I want to have. I just need to be bold enough to find them.
Which has always been problematic for me. I’m not what you might consider a go-getter. I’m content, for the most part, to remain at home and chill. I don’t usually need a lot of excitement. I’m best when I have few distractions. I hate being overwhelmed by the world at large. It’s the great paradox of my existence.
I hope to have this figured out soon. I’m ready for a change. I’m also ready to buckle down and get back to writing.
It’s that constant struggle between necessity and desire. 🙂
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If you manage to figure it out Joe, write a book about it so the rest of us can figure out what the heck we’re doing with ourselves.
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I had that same feeling recently. I was considering changing career fields. I did a lot of research and contemplation and it led me to realizing that I was happiest with what I was currently doing, I just hadn’t realized it. I work from home and I had to realize that I had my dream job, and it was perfect for me…for right now. I’m not saying that this is the case with you. It is just what I discovered while evaluating my career and life path. For now, I will stay the course. Good luck in whatever you decide. Keep in mind that being an author is not likely financially sustainable on its own, unless you get picked up by a major publisher. So I do not recommend quitting your day job to write full-time, until you are certain that you can sustain yourself with writing alone. However, you could seek out other reliable career possibilities to do while you write if you’d like to try something new. Good luck 🙂