This evening I am a jumble of thoughts on so many topics like: my subway stop needs two additional sets of stairs; the RNC Chairman needs to find out what health care plan he has so that he will know when asked in an interview; people should keep their committments; flights to Paris are expensive; I wish my iPod Touch had a microphone and camera; how could I use Google Wave; why can’t Verizon have iPhones; I need a smaller laptop; can I really learn to draw without the raw talent; and mostly…how can I turn off my thoughts for the night so that I can get some sleep?
Last week, while on vacation in New York City but staying in Jersey City, we talked to a waiter that had served us the night before. He told us that he was “grateful to have TWO jobs.” As I heard that I had to step back and say that I am a little spoiled. I personally like one job with a decent salary and here is this young man grateful for two low to average paying jobs. I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say, I could only nod my head in agreement and let my husband talk. I really couldn’t verbally agree, because I couldn’t really process the the situation.
He was grateful to have two jobs that basically have him working all days of the week and not by choice. He was grateful in these economic times to be able to have two jobs. I have been through a college credit card induced “hard time” where I had the padding of parents and an IBM buyout save me, but never in the situation where I needed two jobs.
I am thankful to God for the job that I do have. I am also thankful that if I had to work two jobs I think I could mentally adjust and do what I would have to do.
I pray that this young man prospers and that the second job becomes the source of something like savings for a years worth of emergeny funds or retirement savings and not just the source of day to day living income on top of the income from the first job.
I am sitting outside of the Apple store in the Columbia Mall trying to decide in what direction my life should go. I want to write, but I’m not really a writer. I could be a web designer if I honed those skills. I could be a bookkeeper if I refreshed those skills. I could be a technology pro if I refreshed those skills and took a few classes. I could be an e-learning pro, well that’s sort of what I do now, just not an expert yet. I could be an ISD professional, oops, that’s what I am. OR I could go in a whole new direction totally unrelated to anything I do now. I think it is time to specialize. I have a very varied set of KSAs that are wide but not all are deep. It’s time! But specialize in what is the question.