I have a new job! And I couldn't be more excited about it!!
I will be working as an "Employment Consultant" - matching clients with jobs that fit their interests and abilities. I really feel like this job is a combination of all the parts that I liked from past jobs, and is very well-suited to my own interests and abilities. I start on Monday!
I am thrilled to begin my journey down this new path. However, at times I've slipped into feelings of regret and disappointment.
It's easy to look back and see how you could have handled things differently and better. Knowing what I know now, there are certainly things I would do differently, if I could go back just a year or two. At times I've been hard on myself about this. But it is what it is. We all have past actions, or non-actions, that we would possibly change if we could. But we can't... it is what it is... and such is life. Live and learn.
I'm making a concentrated effort to stay present and focus on the future, not the past.
Another exciting development, apart from my new career, is the return of my joy of writing.
I had mistakenly thought that since I loved writing, I would love to make a living as a writer. Not all passions can, or should, become our sole source of income. Feeling the pressure to make a living through writing alone, I felt my passion and joy of writing dwindle. Before I knew it, I didn't want to write anymore.
Now that I have a new job, I will soon have a steady source of income, I'm also noticing my desire to write slowly return. New ideas for fiction stories have begun swirling in my head again. It's a nice feeling.
I'm definitely a believer in action. How will you know, for sure, if you'll like something, or be good at something, until you do it? That's been my life philosophy and I believe it's served me well.
I learned many things in the past two and a half years during which time my only job title was "writer." I learned about myself, as a person. I learned what kind of writing I actually like to do, and that there are kinds of writing that I don't like. I learned what it takes to run a business (and that many aspects of that I don't have any interest in doing).
In the past I've taken jobs for granted. I feel that now I will be much more appreciative of my steady employment. I've seen the grass on the other side of the fence and it is not greener. That, I believe, is the most important lesson I've learned through all of this.
Time to embark on a bright, new career path! Time to remember what I've learned through my past choices, and step forward with confidence and excitement!
The future starts NOW!