Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'm Sick/Some Random Thoughts

I’m absent from work today, because I’m sick. So, in between watching videos on YouTube and stalking other bloggers, I decided to write a post about how I’ve been getting on lately.

First of all, the entire country just finished celebrating the Chinese New Year. I’m from the Philippines where a lot of people have Chinese blood, so the occasion is a pretty big thing here. There were red lanterns everywhere, and I’m quite miffed that I missed all the fun.

Second of all, I finished all the plays I wanted to read for Shakespeare Reading Month. This fills me with a brilliant sense of completion, and I’m glad to report that, even if I read three plays of his this month, I didn’t actually overdose on Shakespeare. Shakespeare Reading Month taught me two things about The Bard:
  • Choose the Folger edition every time. - I’ve tried reading plays with a modern line-by-line translation, but that was too distracting. The Folger editions are just right. They help you with the things you don’t understand, but the educational notes and explanations aren’t too obtrusive to the reading experience.
  • Shakespeare must’ve been bipolar. – His tragedies are depressing as hell, while his comedies can make you laugh out loud. How does he do that?
On a more personal note, I’ve been thinking a lot about my job lately. I like the pay and the people I work with, but my job isn’t something I would consider pursuing as a lifelong career. It feels like something I’m doing at the moment, until I figure out what I really want to do.

I’m a bit worried, though, because I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that ten years have already passed and I’m still doing the same thing.

This is what happens when I get sick. I have too much time on my hands, and I end up thinking about all these crazy things.

What about you? What have you been up to lately?


Tony D said...

Jobs/careers are funny things. I was at a job for 15 years doing my passion (Architecture)in an environment the percolated creativity. I loved the job, but the effect of this particular job on other aspects of my life was not good - read low pay, crap benefits, etc. It's actually worse than that but I won't bore you other than say some of the sacrifices I made to remain at that job, really badly affected my LIFE (and my family's).

Eventually, that job went away. The firm has pretty much closed down. I wasn't the captain, but I still went down with the ship...looking back the sacrifices really were not worth it. And towards the very end I stopped believing in the work we were doing. Another long story.

I was out of work for a few months. Worked a graveyard shift manufacturing job for a short while. And am now at a job (for nearly a year) that is more in line with my qualifications, but isn't entirely Architecture...I'm not doing much design work. I'm also working at a HUGE corporation - one of the largest in the world. It's been a culture shock for sure. Thing is, I don't necessarily like the job. I'm pretty good at it, but it doesn't really stimulate me much at all. But the rest of my life is SO much better. And I'm often left wondering, if there is a life lesson here. I dunno. But I am happy. Maybe, a decade from now I will question this trade-off. Right now, though, it's great to be alive.

Kerry M said...

When I started out on my current career path, I ended up with a company that was dysfunctional to its very core. I was paid crap, worked abysmal hours, and had nothing to talk to my husband about except how miserable I was. Now I'm doing the same work, but in a functional, profitable company, with nice people, better pay, and a decent work/life balance. It isn't what I'm passionate about (that would be reading), but it allows us to live (relatively) comfortably, travel occasionally, and I get to have a stable, happy life. Right now, that's enough for me -- though like you, I sometimes question how I will feel if I find myself ten years down the road in a similar situation. But then, having had the hellish alternative, I do believe there's something to be said for mere satisfaction, and a work/life balance.

Ben said...

Interesting comment Shakespeare. Most funny people I know are lonely and alienated (and often depressed). Comedy is something that is often fueled by anger. I've never read a comedy by Shakespeare (although I read most of his tragedies), but I suspect it all comes from the same place. Only the tone is different.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

"I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that ten years have already passed and I’m still doing the same thing."

I struggle with this as well. I'm in a job that I like the people/pay/hours, but don't exactly love the work. The job allows me to pursue my other passions though, because it's not too time consuming and so I can spend my free time reading/seeing plays and hanging out with people I love. But I also don't think I want to do this for 20 years. It's a hard balance and I'm not sure what the solution is.

p.s. I think you may be right about the Bard being bipolar.

Zibilee said...

Oh, I am sorry you are sick! I also want to congratulate you for getting all your Shakespeare read. He is a personally daunting author for me, and I would love to read one of his works soon.

I can relate to your job woes, as I have a friend who is going through the same thing right now. She fears she will end up stuck doing the same thing for year, and never be satisfied. I always tell her to bide her time, but keep an eye out for anything interesting. It can be horrible to feel like you are wasting your time doing something that you don't love, but I am confident that your time will come. I wish that we could get paid to sit around reading all day, you know? Now THAT would be my perfect job!

amanda @ simplerpastimes said...

I hope you feel better soon!

I've been forced into considering my job/future by a long-term unemployment situation. Like Tony above, I've been in architecture, and the field (at least in the US) is in bad shape right now. Add to that the fact that I wasn't happy at my last position and I'm wondering if I should just change altogether. At the same time, it's hard to just change directions after all the time I've put into the schooling/working. I'm stuck because I'm not sure I love the field enough to continue pursing it, but I'm not sure that I could find anything else that IS anything more than a paycheck.

Best of luck to you as you work your own way through career thoughts and plans.

Andi said...

I'm glad it went well with your Shakespeare reading. I haven't read any of his stuff in ages, and I'd like to revisit some goodies I enjoyed and widen my circle of Shakespeare experience. :)

Biblibio said...

I'm always amazed by Shakespeare's imagination. I only need to think of the insanity that is A Midsummer Night's Dream to remember exactly how sideways this man must have viewed the world. Bipolar is certainly another possibility!

Aarti said...

Honestly, I think MOST people feel that way about their jobs. I weirdly feel like I should go back and rewatch the episodes of Boy Meets World wherein the dad wakes up one day thinking that he did not spend his whole life trying to become an award-winning grocery store manager.

I think the important thing to remember is that your job does NOT define you. You define your job and where it starts and ends. It's great to do good work (brilliant work, even), but your work life is only one aspect of your personality.

Nicola said...

Hope you feel better soon. I like to see Shakespeare plays but I just can't sit and read them so I admire what you are doing!

Rebecca Reid said...

lol re: Shakespeare being bipolar. I am looking forward to reading a comedy. I've mostly read the tragedies and histories, although I've seen the movies of a few comedies.

I hope you feel better!


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