It’s a place I’ve been in for a number of years, if not most of my life. But right here and now I have an opportunity to choose a different direction.
I just don’t fit.
Since I’ve been off work for a couple weeks now, I’ve been considering what to do next, and where to go from this point in my life. (I suppose this is part of the normal decompression process.)
Trouble is that I’ve always been a bit of an individual and frankly feel uncomfortable in most of the places that I’d traditionally be pigeonholed.
For example I’ve got this really conservative bent. But I’m just not conservative ENOUGH to feel comfortable in the Republican party and I suspect that the Tea Party may be pretty much the same. (I’m still checking…on that one.)
I’m not comfortable as a liberal although I do have some liberal leanings.
However in general being around a high percentage of liberals will eventually irritate me until I’m just PISSED off.
For example, bin Ladens’ death, For me it was like OOOORRRAAAHHH! Leave scorched Earth behind. For my liberal friends it was like Oh now why did the kill him and what about the other people in the compound? Should the children and wives have been exposed to that kind of violence?
I’ve not ever been comfortable in religion. For someone that thinks like I do, religion is at minimum mildly confusing and at maximum downright OPPRESSIVE.
I just can’t consolidate ME with the fire and brimstone I was raised around in the South. Even the much more moderate religious leanings of the Episcopal and United Church of Christ leave me feeling vaguely unsettled.
It’s not that I don’t believe in a creator, it’s how Man interprets that creator and then attempts to impose that interpretation on others.
Why you may ask am I thinking about all this?
Well, the company that I was working for, I joined because I naively believed I could contribute to the good in the world.
Yes it was a defense contractor, but what I was working on was something that would protect our troops, not necessarily kill our enemies. (not that I particularly have a problem killing our enemies)
Ok, maybe that’s hair splitting but I wasn’t creating particle beam weapons or figuring out how to bombard specific targets on the planet with asteroids.
The point is I wanted to and still do want to do good with my knowledge and skills. If I have to work for somebody, then I’d really like to contribute something back to society.
So I’d been thinking about working in the public service sector. But That’s when I run up against the not fitting problem. It seems that many of these jobs are heavily, (Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Tea Party, ACLU, Non-Profit, etc.) I’m not terribly sure how or if its possible to break into one of these areas.
I’m concerned about wasting another block of time working in a situation that is inherently not compatible with who I am.
I’ve thought about working in the gay community, but then I REALLY don’t fit. (I have a lot to say about the Many, Many, Many, ways that I don’t fit there, but that’s a posting for another time.)
For those of you that have Sirius-XM, there’s a radio station called Out-Q. Lets just say… I’m 180 degrees and several THOUSAND lightyears from what those people are, or what they think is important.
So as I said, where to from here?
I’ve been working on a list of possibilities
Artist – Many people seem to think I have something special when it comes to photography.
Writer – I do have a fertile imagination and am working on a book now.
Computer Geek – Been doing that most of my adult life.
Bar Tender – I think I’d like it. Have little idea about what’s involved.
Escort – I’m probably well past my “Sell By date”
I also just read a posting on a friends blog about being authentic in our lives. His posting resonated with me. I really need to do something that is more about who I really am and find joy in that. Of course the question is … can I get paid for being who I really am??
Then I read the edgy husband post here and thought yeah, I get what he’s saying too. Made me ask, have I been unavailable to myself in my life? Hummmm, Maybe I should pay attention this could be a message.
Before I get all wrapped around the existential axle, I’m heading out to run the weed whacker and then work out.
Like most men, accomplishments make me feel better and clear my head.