I got a phone call today, didn’t pick up as I was driving and don’t have handsfree bluetooth so the call went to voice mail. It was the non-profit calling. The interview was last Thursday and I felt it had gone reasonably well – well enough that I started thinking about what I’d need to do to make the job work (after school childcare for one thing) and how long it would be until we could save up enough to get out of this trailer. I even spent some time mapping out a few ideas for fundraising for the organization. But there remained an ambivalence about the possibility. The kids didn’t know whether they should hope I was offered the job or not – like me they’ve become a bit invested in our other plan, but they liked the idea of not leaving friends and schools they like.
I waited until I was parked in front of the elementary school to check my messages. It was a pleasure to meet me, the speaker said, and they were impressed with my experience and ideas…but…they selected a candidate who had prior management experience in their industry. Good luck in my job hunt.
I was both disappointed and relieved as were the kids when I told them. I think we’ve all had enough of the push-me/pull-you roller coaster with our attention and desires stretched in different directions. It’s time to stop looking around and grabbing at straws and just focus on going forward. It’s going to be tough enough of a move and life change without more distractions.
Warp Factor 4, Scotty!