Future Fridays will be all about the future, the present, and occasionally, the past.
Today, I am discussing my job hunt, or the lack there of.
I made a mistake and used the fact that Michigan's economy sucks as an excuse to not go looking for a second job. Well, even though the economy sucks, apparently people are, or were, still hiring. Totally missed that bandwagon. Dollar General is opening a new store five miles from my house, in the neighboring town and they were hiring temporary people to move the shelves and organize product. I love doing that kind of work! Well, of course, I didn't inquiry about positions until it was too late. I called today and asked if they were still hiring, the employee on the other line said this, "We already did that." I thanked her and hung up, maybe I didn't miss out after all.
Two months ago, (you can laugh, it's okay), I tried applying to Wal-Mart. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done because I have literally only been to Wal-Mart about ten times in my life. I hate it there, but the pocket book rules and they were hiring for nighttime stockers. How perfect for me. So, I went online and took their pre-employment assessment test. Hi, I failed.
Apparently, you are supposed to not provide good customer service, because I answered the questions based on my seven years of experience in retail, for four of which I was a manager at Pier 1 Imports. I laughed my ass off for ten minutes and then, I fumed. So, Wal-Mart's out, Dollar General is out...all the other crap jobs are held by high schoolers, whom were in elementary when I was in hs...
Moral of the story, I suck.
I can say this, however: I have gotten a lot out of the time I spent without a second job and without looking for one.
1. I have written over 100,000 words and started over thirty writing projects, three of which are complete, two are near the revision stage.
2. I have started blogging, where I try and keep my complaining to the weather and reading related trials and tribulations, but I couldn't help myself today.
3. Due to part one of #2, I have learned so much about the process from idea to publication, that my head is literally swollen with information and advice. I am about to release the pressure onto a series of Word documents.
4. I have been able to chillax a lot and clear my head, assuming I pushed the empty wallet out of my mind
5. Epiphanies have been increasing in frequency and, therefore, my writing is becoming more profound and well-rounded.
6. I am finally excited, ecstatic, and über pumped about something: writing!
After years of indifference and excuses, I have settled, no, not settled, I have found the thing for me! I may not be a talented or a properly educated writer, but I have a damn good imagination, one that will get me far. I am milking that baby like a heifer from Wisconsin and she is giving me the goods. We've got at least ten more years on us, which is like fifty in human years, right?
So, new moral of the story: don't suck anymore.
Of course, I will still be looking for another job, to please my bank and wallet. The majority of my energy and time will be spent on making up for my affinity for typos and using commas around because (I have no idea why I do that, bad me).
Okay, wow, sorry for that pile on, but my brain feels so much better. Damn Maggie Steifvater and Shiver, she got me all worked up and now I'm on a role. Thank goodness I am currently reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which gives me a -12 ass, since that's how many times I have laughed it off. Oh, and I am only on page thirty-five.