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Stop and Smell the Violet

on 17 May, 2014

Life sometimes seems to move at the speed of light and other times, seems to be a snail’s pace. And oddly enough, it seems that those two speeds can occur within the same day.

Today has been one of those days when it seems that there is more to get done than minutes in the day. I seem to have been on the go nonstop today with about a hundred non-essential things. And in the last minutes of getting things done, I notice this:

VioletSitting on the area above the sink is an ‘inherited’ African violet that was bequeathed to me by someone leaving a job and I, of course, adopted it because for some reason, I can’t seem to kill a houseplant although I have never been any good at what I call ‘soft stem’ plants like violets. I re-potted it and apparently that was all it needed to start producing flowers again. Doesn’t hurt that being by the sink, I am reminded to give it lots of little drinks. Usually, I drown these plants. But I was ever so surprised to find this little purple flower.

I’ve been doing some more thinking about this next stage of my life. I think I haven’t put the energy into job hunting because maybe I don’t want to do that anymore. QA and IT has been an essential part of my life and have allowed me to do everything that I have wanted to up to this point. I’ve made a good – no great living, both financially and emotionally. I’ve worked on the same level as most men (and above some as well) and I have worked with some really amazing people and worked for some amazing companies. I have had experiences that were off the charts, been to some really amazing places. It has been, as a whole, a splendid ride indeed.

Which makes it all the harder with this new chapter of my life. I guess that is why I keep pontificating about what is supposed to come next. Spend entirely too much effort worrying about whether I can make the next phase of my life as good as the previous.

Have I mentioned where I put in an application? IKEA. Yeah, crazy huh? They are building a new store in the area and I checked out their website and they had so many openings. But there was one that caught my eye: Visual Merchandising Coordinator. I don’t know why, when I saw that, I envisioned the creativity and fun that such a job could afford. I don’t have any real retail experience, but I told them about my website and all of the creative things that I do that could work for them. I am just a little nervous about hearing from them… in fact, I am a little nervous about not hearing from them too!

I think that’s enough thinking for one day. I am wiped out from the physical labor of sanding the metal cabinet for the antique sink and painting and cleaning up. I am just beat.

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