Synonyms: job, day job, profession, work, line of work, line of business, trade, employment, position, post, situation, business, career, vocation, calling, craft, skill, field, province, walk of life, purpose.
For the past two years, I have worked part time, studied part time…and lived part time… I have very few possessions, no land or house or fancy car, no massive savings account, no money in trust or inheritance waiting for me; there is just me and a few thousand dollars debt including HECS. I chip away at paying my debts, but I have unfulfilled ambition and a lot of drive, but still remain under-employed. I want to travel, to be independent, to have some fun, to splurge on my loved ones or even to spoil myself a little or a lot. I would also love to make a positive impact on others, to make a difference in the world.
Since January of 2017, I have searched for more work, submitted hundreds of applications, had loads of interviews, yet I believe as I am well and truly into my 50s, here I am, still under-utilised; I am grateful that I have some employment, working in aged care in the community, (a very emotionally rewarding role), but it does not provide enough income or enough activity for my over-active brain. I have volunteered in the community over many years or immersed myself in art, sport and exercise, nature, family, cooking, or gardening. To me, the opposite of working or being occupied is “inertia”; a total loss of self waiting for an outside influence to change the form, or simply, it is like falling into a deep black hole or vacuum… wasted energy.
You see, I am a creative person; I have a million ideas on everything from kid’s stories, recipes, artistry, philosophy and society, I just lack the outlet to bring these to the surface.
My challenge: Over the next 90 days, I will set out to prove to myself, and to you, that with the right focus, and with SMART goals, one can get from here… to there… (SMART goals: Specific; Measurable; Attainable; Relevant; Time-bound). I will research precedents, ask questions, analyse, formulate opinions, and record facts and my findings, and do some miles for you dear readers. Bon Voyage 🙂