September 9, 2013
About The Job...
I was cliffhangery on Friday. Apologies. But, yes, I quit my job. I didn't quit in the absence of something else to do with the hours between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. That would be silly.
The Wingwalker's Rule: Don't let go of one wing until you have a firm grasp on the other.
This whole new job thing is a little strange for me. After all, it's been 12 years since I've found myself in this position. Twelve years since I had to interview and sound like I knew what I was talking about. Twelve years since I had to worry about potential rejection. But as I went through this process - unconvinced until the final stretch - I started to realize that I needed a change. Fundamentally, incredibly. Yes, I worked very hard over the last 12 years to carve out a career and by all accounts I was very successful. And, sure, while there were things about the job that I'd grow to dislike, it wasn't killing me. But I burned out a little and didn't like the way that felt. In doing this new thing, I think I'll be able to focus a little more strongly on the things that interest me while working on something I started eight years ago. You don't pass up opportunities like that.
I'm not going into specifics but I can tell you what I'm not doing:
- I'm not selling anything, buying anything, or processing anything as a career. I'm not selling anything bought or processed, or buying anything sold or processed, or processing anything sold, bought, or processed, or repairing anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.*
- I'm not doing anything that involves a uniform or a badge.
- I will not be adding or removing clothing regularly during the performance of my duties.
- I will in no way be responsible for children during normal business hours.
- I have not resorted to a career in which theater five is down the hall on your left is the most oft-used phrase.
- I will gladly take your money and a tip but not for any vehicular services rendered as there are none I am professionally licensed to carry out.
- I have always been ill-equipped to handle money; banking is out.
- I will not be going into politics. While I pretend to be immune from conventional wisdom, I'm actually too thin-skinned. Plus, though I think I'm a decent communicator, I'd likely end up telling a rival to go fuck themselves.
- I'm a vegetarian. Flipping burgers isn't for me.
- Despite my fondest desires, I will not be headlining Reading, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, or even Donnington. Sadly, I don't think I'm cut out to be a rock star. Though it would be cool to try.
So that's what's up. Major life change and all that. Stress? Hell yes. A good opportunity not to be passed up? Absolutely.
Posted by Chris at September 9, 2013 7:11 AM
* If you do not get this reference, I do not want to hear about it