I am sitting here with my jeans rolled off, my socks and does off, and for a work related purpose, too! No, I didn’t need to muck into a stream – I needed to get the filing done, and my shoes and socks were impeding my organizational skills.
See, I’m nominally self-employed. I married into a family property management company, which makes me smirk at my military bosses who insisted I should stay in ’cause I’d have to deal with office bullshit, dress codes, and drama for the rest of my working life. Instead, I get the built-in childcare assistance of my mother-in-law, the freedom to dress and work what hours I please, and even encouragement to have a game running to brake myself from working too hard. It is agreeable to me, because I do not subscribe to the model of existence whereby I am my job, and my job defines me. Administrative assistance is not a calling, yo (and shouldn’t require 2-6 years of ‘education’ either :p). I had one of those with the whole military thing, and that didn’t suit me. I get some people want to make a difference, and that’s cool… but as I also personally subscribe to the model of ‘it doesn’t count if you’re getting paid for it‘… I know most people would probably disagree with me, but that’s fine too – agreement in all things is terribly dull.
Ack, lost my train of thought… do so hate it when that happens. I think the point was to say that I like to work, and so I guess it doesn’t matter what prestige there is or isn’t – the goodness is in the doing. Likewise, I admit that I’m at loose ends because my habit of volunteering my time online to communities has found a dearth of places I feel like entering. Perhaps it’s for the best – I knew my time would be more precious once I hit the parenthood thing. And while it’s yet to be buried in excess wrangling and pipe cleaners, the need for sanity time margin hasn’t gone away. Yes, parenthood doesn’t come with an automatic +5 to patience – who knew?
I think… I shall cut it off there before I catch on fire more trying to untangle the wreckage of my thoughts on this gorgeous day. Hope your days are nice, too, and if you’re on the US East Coast – don’t fall over?