Don't just sit there. DO something!
November 28, 2012 2:17 AM Subscribe
So, you know that "career" thing people have? I managed to spend 2012 without one. The timeout was enlightening, but now I'm itching to move on to a brand new phase.
Um, how do I do that?
posted by jessca84 to Human Relations (8 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Last January, I left a high-pressure editorial job at a popular website because a) I didn't see the POINT of what I was doing. Getting money and health insurance in exchange for writing meaningless, mind-numbing slideshows is a First Word Problem for sure, but that was all I did all day. Every day. b) It turns out I was clinically depressed at the time. (Thx, hindsight!)
It's almost a year later, and I'm feeling much better. My therapist is the bomb, and Wellbutrin is the shit. And I've been busy-ish: taking classes, freelancing with a single company to feed myself, and thinking hard about what comes next. The problem is that I'm still not sure. But that's not really acceptable, because last week one of the legs on my IKEA bed broke, and I had to replace it … with a milk crate.
It's time to get a real job with real money: I don't believe I'm ambitious or focused enough to work solely for myself. (Or maybe I just don't understand the steps to take to do that.) I'm afraid, though, of losing my autonomy, burning out again, or revisiting the creepy, suffocating feeling that I'm wasting my life in a human terrarium. And I'm not even sure about what types of jobs to go for now, anyway.
Have you ever been in this uncomfortable, nebulous state of mind? Do you have suggestions for snapping out of it? I'm 28, and if I don't get on with things I could easily find myself broke and kicking around the same ideas at 38.
Thanks a million.