Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sunny distraction

Today was, without question, the most beautiful day Michigan has seen in 2007.

I needed it.

This job search really has me down. I'm expending so much energy and I'm not seeing any returns on my investment. For the last month or so, I have faithfully checked job sites (primarily Indeed) at least twice per day. I'm applying to the jobs that fit. I'm applying to the jobs that might fit. I'm applying to the jobs that I'm not sure about.

Not so much as even a nibble.

It's depressing.

And it became even more depressing when I looked at the calendar and realized that, one year ago this week, I was interviewing for that job in Chicago.

I've been looking for a new job for more than a year.

That's a hard reality to accept.

The weather, fortunately, diminished the importance of finding a new job for today. I opened my sunroof (or is it a moonroof? What's the difference?) and rolled down my windows and soaked in the sunlight. I decided to be happy that one more day of work was over instead of dreading the fact that there is no end in sight.

I changed into soccer shorts and a t-shirt the minute I got home. I inhaled a granola bar (okay, two granola bars), found my iPod and my soccer ball and headed off in search of a sunshine and soccer.

Generally, my attention span is pretty short, but I fooled around on the field for over an hour. Shooting. Tricky moves to humiliate defenders. Juggling, of course.

It was nice.

It required me to concentrate just enough. I needed to be aware of what was going on, of course, but the ball moves with me effortlessly enough to not require brow furrowing attention. In short: there was no room to think about work.

I ran a lot more than I realized.

I wasn't home two hours before I had to leave for hockey on two tired legs.

But not before lathering myself up with Jergen's Natural Glow lotion.

I was out in the sun, damnit. I might as well make it look like I was.


Amy said...

oh, this could be my post, too. Okay, all except that exercise part at the bottom. LOL

I, too, have been searching for a job (in Michigan no less) for over a year now. Resumes, resumes, resumes, and nothing but reject letters. It is SO frustrating and I completely feel your pain.

Someday, when we both land fantastic jobs in your wonderful state, we'll do lunch and look back and laugh at this time and realize we had to just be patient because something wonderful was in store for our lives!!

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