I have in my notes on my phone a list.
At first I called it: Past Jobs/Past Regrets.
I have had many jobs in my life. I didn’t really mean to have many jobs, but it just happened. As my Darlin and I would drive around town here or there, I would say, “I worked there!” He said I needed to make a list. I thought that might be a good idea just for fun. So I did. I started my list with my first job after babysitting as a teenager.
Let me name a few of my jobs: picking cherries, fast food, summer recreation, t-shirt store, flowers, phone sales, motel, delivery, Fitness instructor, retail, amusement park, selling knifes, photographer assistant, Cosmetology, book store, personal assistant, dentist office, daycare, lunch lady, real estate, and insurance, just to name a few.
I can’t say I’ve spent a lot of time at each job.
Some jobs I just tried, to see how things went.
Sometimes the employer called me to offer me a job. Yes, that happened.
Sometimes I was in desperate need of a job to help pay bills, and took what I could get.
Sometimes I wasn’t a good fit for them, sometimes they weren’t a good fit for me.
I wouldn’t trade any experience I have had. I have learned so much, and all of that experience is part of who I am.
I ran into two of my friends at the grocery store, and they were asking about my job at the flower shop. I told them how much I love it. How blessed I feel to have it. Somehow my job list came up in the conversation. They said they wanted to see it. I pulled out my phone and showed them the list. They scanned down the list, asking about this job or that. I would tell them about some of my experiences. They said they didn’t even want to go to that many interviews, let alone work at that many jobs. They told me I was brave, motivated and amazing. I loved that. They said, “You need to change the name of your list to: “My Bravery and Experience”, list, which I did.
My last job on my Bravery and Experience list is my last, best job @ the flower shop!
I love my job! Sometimes you have to go through some hard, not fun, jobs to get to your last, best job! I’m glad I have “My Bravery and Experience” list, and to have all the bravery and experience to go with it!