One of my friends, Laurie, is currently wondering about reinvention. I am about to embark on a new tangent and it occurred to me that I never reinvent myself. God reinvents me. I just need to let life happen.
I found myself unemployed last year and, after searching for employment in the fields that I thought I would enjoy and/or for which I was qualified, I fell back on my ultimate backup plan. I applied at the local megastore and was hired as a door greeter. Yep, my worst fears realized. A door greeter.
Surprise! I loved this job. I also was quickly offered full time employment rather than the part time for which I was hired. I was then quickly offered, at an increase in pay, a sales position, which I accepted.
Fast forward to last week. I was offered a position in the pharmacy at another increase in pay, with the possibility of advancement. I am now "moving on up" and am enrolling this week at the local college for certification as a pharmacy tech.
So, my advice for my friend? I have none. Everything I ever planned turned to garbage and everything I ever did out of necessity or just on a whim turned out splendidly. Sometimes we just need to let life happen. I know that's not real comforting but that's all I've got. And Laurie, I had never worked retail until I was 54. I guess us old dogs (or those of us who need to buy dog food) CAN learn new tricks.