I have the greatest job in the world. In the last few years I have found myself unemployed twice through no fault of my own. I worked at the local Air Force Base for fifteen years before my job disappeared one day. They no longer need me or my boss. We were shown the gate as they took our contract.
Then I went to work for an oil and gas company that left town without me after two and one-half years.
I’m too young to retire and too old to hire, evidently. However, not everyone felt that way. I’m working in the legal field again after a twenty plus year hiatus. I’ve dusted off the paralegal certificate I busted my hump to get while working and raising teenagers, and I’m back in the saddle again. Part time and temporary. I’m filling in for someone on maternity leave, but have been assured they will need me now and then and maybe full time someday.
I recently felt like someone was trying to tell me something by pulling the rug out from underneath me so often. When I was down, I always fell back into my writing and I have a couple of publishing contracts. So, I think it was worth it.
However, back to the greatest job in the world; I work for the best legal team in the universe. Not that they always kick butt and take names in the courtroom (sometimes they do), but because they are the best bunch of people I have worked with in a long time. They care about each other and the people they represent. They are an eclectic bunch and as a writer I see fodder for my next novel. They love the fact that I write and applaud my efforts. My boss’s wife has even become a beta reader for me. I think I am right where I need to be. I don’t make much money, but I have time for my craft and I am practicing being retired.
A few years ago, I began to wonder what I would do if I retired with no hobbies, and writing came back around to embrace me. Now I have time for it, and I am making a go of a hobby that might make a second career (or third, or . . .).
What do you do for a living? Is it just a way to make ends meet or do you love what you do? Let me know. We’ll discuss it.