September 20, 2002

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Have you ever known someone who just had a sort of charmed life, so that, when one door closed, another one miraculously seemed to open? I guess I would consider myself to have been of this sort of person. When a dream ended or a plan fell apart, there has always been "plan B" waiting, and it would fall into place as if ordained.

I am considering today what to do next, now that the charm is past, doors are closed, and there is no Plan B...

Don't get me wrong. The doors have apparently closed only on my former professional life. I still have my health (+/-) and we can pay the mortgage and I have lots of good books, a few hobbies, and a nice house to live in. I just don't seem to have an idea of what to do next for work. Seems I have sort of painted myself into a corner and don't know what to do with me. It's an unfamiliar terraine, and kinda spooky.

The bottom line is that, along with so many others, I am burned out on health care and don't want to go back there. It has not been an especially upbeat professional domain in the past five years, generally, or specifically with my physical therapist encounters with it here in Southwest Virginia. The second of my two desirable known quantities just dematerialized today: they need orthopedic specialists, and I am too 'general' in background. A Fred of all trades. I think it's just time to move on. I honestly don't have a vision of where that move might be, exactly.

I'm almost fifty-five (at least there will be the senior discount at Baskin Robbins) and living way t'heck back in east Bugtussle where you can't there from here. I don't have any experience beyond teaching and various PT encarnations. The largest employer in the area (Virginia Tech) as well as most other employers in the area are downsizing. We are not willing to move from Goose Creek for me to find work; we are NOT of the Moveable Type. And so there you have it. I will need not only a new job, but a new career. Hmm. Where should a burned-out healthcare professional start such a process?

Weblogging has been a nice diversion during these months of expectant and hopeful unemployment. It has gotten me quite in the habit of writing out what I am feeling and thinking. Maybe I should continue to do so, for my own benefit, and you'll just have to put up with my ruminations, bless your little hearts.

Most of my visits are anonymous strangers. However, there are a few of you who can put this all into context, having known me through my various career roles. And boys and girls, this one is gonna be different.

Posted by fred1st at September 20, 2002 04:58 PM

Hmmm, let's see now, summing up what I know about Fred:
--Has a degree in zoology and an avid interest in science, especially of a naturalist/botanist bent.
--Is a very talented photographer, especially in the macro field.
--Writes pretty darn good for someone without a lot of formal training or experience.
--Has a mind tuned toward the Eternal Verities and the Good Life.
There's gotta be something here. I'll be giving it some thought.


Posted by: Curt at September 22, 2002 11:48 PM

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