I see the signs everywhere.
Everybody needs help to climb back up on the horse and ride again. I am infused with hope every time I see one.
Hell, a part of me still reacts and that little stupid voice inside me says “you can still do it. You should apply.”
I have been officially retired since 9/18, but I am from a generation that is not comfortable sitting at home while you are still healthy and able to work. I still feel, that even with my prosthetic left leg, I can outwork and outperform anyone if I were to indeed, go back to work.
It’s not for the money; I mean I wouldn’t go back to work full-time or begin a new career at age 66 or anything. I was recently out in Ventura, California visiting my brother and his wife Marijo. Ed has been retired for several years now, and he was afflicted with the same feelings I am going through.
When I told him of my desire to” get involved with something,” he told me to forget it. He said, “the first time you want to do something spontaneous like say, attend a major sporting event somewhere, or go to the mountains, or fishing, and you couldn’t do it because of being obligated to work, that would cure this malady,” as he terms it.
But hey people, as long as these signs are up, there are jobs to be had.
One of the best things I liked about my last job was helping students adjust and succeed to learning and earning their degrees. I would help them begin their educational odyssey, coach and assist them along the way, and when they graduated I honestly approximated what it must feel like to have a son or daughter graduate. I replicated that feeling over the course of fourteen years I was an Academic Counselor. Definitely the most satisfying part of the job.
I myself had already enjoyed a full career as a chef before I decided to fulfill my father’s dying request that I get my degree. I had started in 1972 and so 32 years later, I transfer my credits and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Communications. A couple years later, I find myself employed as a Finance Counselor and an employee of a major online university. As an employee benefit, we could attend college-level courses and earn degrees by paying only the resource fees for classes.
I couldn’t pass it up; I was able to get a graduate degree in Management for 540.00. It wasn’t going to be used as a springboard for anything. I already had completed my working career.
I know several people who are content just drawing unemployment benefits during the pandemic. They have no intention of returning to work even though they are physically able to do so.
I don’t get it.
There is a word for people who are doing that.
Here’s some more words.
Get your asses off the couch, get some semblance of pride in being a MAN or WOMAN, and get your ass back to work.