Friday, March 09, 2012
Okay y'all, it's hitting me now...on Monday I will be starting a new full-time job after not working for THREE YEARS! Tony and I were going over my benefits information and talking about how electing to put 6% into my 401k plan to get the full matching contribution is a good idea...it feels so weird to be talking about these things again.
I'm no stranger to working full-time. I had a corporate job for seven years before leaving to finish my degree, and it's all coming back to me. I remember all the stress involved - waking up at the crack of dawn and rushing to make it to work on time, deadlines and pressure to meet objectives, feeling exhausted at the end of the day, having to work evenings and weekends to finish projects. I remember the anxiety of performance reviews and the frustration over beaurocratic red tape. I remember having to wear suits every day and feeling nervous in meetings with corporate leaders.
But I also remember the good things about working - getting my own paycheck and being able to contribute to our family's expenses, working with good people and sharing laughs and venting sessions, dressing up, curling my hair, wearing make-up, looking nice and feeling confident, having a purpose and making an important contribution to a company. It feels good to be a productive part of society - part of the hustle and bustle of downtown. It made me feel more alive.
This is a huge change for me, but a really positive one. I'm excited to embrace my new career. (I just hope the transition is an easy one.)