I’m Back

The big challenge after you get a job, after all the issues with paperwork and Immigration have been cleared away — which I am happy to announce they have for me — is to learn to settle down.

To realize that this is it: Three hundred and sixty-five days of the routine of work, home, work, home, weekend, work, home. The challenge is to squeeze all of the other things you love in between so that you don’t go crazy. To learn to adjust to the idea that this is your life, that calm and content has replaced the frantic question of the few months past, the question of whether you could ever get to this point you are right now.

It’s a great feeling to know that you have. That you beat the odds. Not just the odds of the New York City competiton among all the other entry-level publishing fiends like you, but also the odds of Immigration. There was a lottery back in April, and you had 50-50 chances of being picked for a work visa. But you did — on the last day possible, after all hope had vanished, you heard good news.

And here you are now, on a lazy Sunday afternoon in July, still in New York City, still on your little room, thinking about guitar, and the movie you’ve saved for later, the scrumptious stir-fry you’ll make after you save this entry, the run around your neighborhood in the sun, the slumbers on your comfortable newly bought IKEA bed tonight, the breakfast tomorrow morning, the train ride to work, which four months later is still your dream job.

Life works out so well sometimes…

I’m back, and happy, and thankful — and welcoming new challenges.

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About tali2

I am a recent grad of the wonderful English major. Though I don't regret studying English one bit, I realize why my teachers, parents, friends, and imaginary mentors warned me against it: Because it leads you nowhere. But it did give me great writing skills which I hope to continue honing in this blog as I chronicle the tribulations of the terrible job hunt in the terrible job market of NYC. And I hope that my blog reminds fellow unemployed recent grads that you are not alone, inspires some hope within us, while presenting a snapshot of our lives to others who do not share the same self-imposed troubles.
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One Response to I’m Back

  1. Khushboo Shah says:

    man, it’s been a while. i missed you. I miss everyone. i’m glad you’ve got your dream job and making it count. I’m glad you got everything straightened out and you’re still here. wish i was where you are now… at least to give you a hug and maybe make a quick meal together. i haven’t had much of an eventful life… been working out like there is no tomorrow here in b’ham for the summer… working and working out… lol. got a gym membership at gold’s gym and so now i work out everyday so i can make it count 🙂 ok, i have to go get ready for the gym so i’ll talk to you later. i will try to call you sometime here soon. i miss you. i miss the voices of athens. i rarely talk to anyone and i miss EVERYONE! you ever coming down to visit us in the South again? let me know if that is ever in your future 🙂 miss you

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