It’s an amazing thing to be working again. Yes, that’s right, after my more than a year stint as a “freelancer” I am back into the world of the working. A lot of people may not like working, but I happen to be one of the one’s that actually does, since it makes you feel like you’re part of something and that you belong to a larger something that actually matters. It’s hard to get that when you get up at ten or eleven in the morning and sit around in you boxers until something like one or two in the afternoon. Now, it’s not to say that I haven’t been productive. In fact, I have a lot to show for my time off, including, a documentary film, a short dramatic film, and a feature-length film. I know some film directors that haven’t been able to accomplish that in seven years, let alone 15 months. Of course, I did go to Europe in that time and worked a brief freelance job, just to toss it all into my list of accomplishments.
I guess I’m fortunate in that in the previous week, I just woke up one morning and said, “Geez, I really want and need to get a job.” and then in the next week, my dreams of W-4 came true and I started working. I think that it may in part be due to the fact that I wasn’t bemoaning not having any money, it was due to the aforementioned fact that I wanted to be part of something again, which just wasn’t happening in said boxers. Well, that’s not totally true, since I did all those projects, but those were because of me pushing them through and making them happen.
What sacrifices did I have to make to get this job? Well, that’s the screwy part, because there is only one and that’s the fact that I need to take Bart out to Walnut Creek everyday. But, this isn’t a bad thing, since it gives me time to write here, read books I need to read, and just zone out for a half hour or so. Other than that, compared to my last fulltime job, I’m making significantly more, have better benefits, am in what I feel is a more professional environment, and also am a manager who sees over several people. A middle America dream come true in some regards.