Hi ho, Hi ho, it’s off to work we go!
The book on my nightstand, Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado, is a memoir about a Hollywood film developer (and sister of actress Sandra Bullock) who abandons her high-powered life in Los Angeles to open a bake shop in Montpelier, Vermont. I have yet to read the book, but Bullock-Prado’s radical decision to change her life and follow her passion started me thinking about the winding path I took to find my dream job.
I work in a private high school doing double duty as an administrator and English teacher. I love that one job taps into my organizational and problem-solving skills, while teaching allows me to promote a love of reading and learning to a captive audience! I get to read and talk about books all day long–it’s great!
But my career wasn’t always so fulfilling. For five long years after college graduation, I worked at a HMO (health insurance!) in the Accounts Receivable Department. The worst aspect of the job was canceling members for non-payment of premiums; it was soulless and hateful, made tolerable only by the group of people I worked with.
I was responsible for calling and sending dunning letters to individual members and small business, informing them that their health insurance was terminated. I was too soft for such a ruthless job–profane and abusive voicemails and phone calls left me rattled for days; people begging and crying to have their health insurance reinstated was too much for me.
After I left, I vowed never to take a job like that again. Like Bullock-Prado, I gave up a job to persue my dream. I’ll admit there are some days where I want to put a fork into my eye because students are cutting classes or complaining about reading,but I never feel trapped in the black abyss that was my corporate job.
But what about you? I have so many blogging friends out there but don’t know what you all do when you’re off-line. Are you trapped by circumstance in a job that doesn’t fulfill you? Or are you a lucky one, working in a profession that you love that has to do with books, reading, or both? Stretch out on the couch and tell Dr. Natalie all about it.
And today, on Veterans Day, I’d like to thank everyone who opted for a career in the military. I appreciate your service to our country and offer my appreciation to you and your family.