Sunday, February 17, 2013
What Not to Wear
I don't think so.
I'm 50 years old this year and I have spent the majority of my days being a wife and mother. Something I thought I would never find fulfilling, I did--and I loved every minute of those years. Now, though, I have been downsized in that job and I've had to find something to do outside the home. I could stay home, but it just finds me bored and getting into trouble. Working part-time is the perfect solution, you see. I get outta the house, make a little bit of money, AND I'm doing fairly well at staying out of trouble.
Do I want more? Nope. I like the challenge of learning new skills, taking on additional responsibilities, and god knows, with two kids in college, it would be nice for more money....BUT....I hate the idea of working full-time or managerial duties. I dread the too-many meetings we have already, and I certainly don't want to attend more. I like that I can leave early in the day and pop on over to the pool on my way home from work. I like that if I miss a meeting, the company does not shut down.
There is something to be said for mediocrity, and at this time in my life, it's okay with me. I'm tired and definitely not on the "career" track anymore--I gave that up in my 20's. What I thought I wanted all those years ago has shifted and it's more about living life and eeking out every bit of happy out of my day. For some reason, that doesn't involve V look-ups and pivot tables on spreadsheets.
So, while I will wear slacks and a nice blouse a couple of days this week, I'm definitely keeping the dressy jeans on the docket as well. I've got a life to lead, you know.