Four and a half years ago, I quit my job due to health reasons. Since then, I volunteered as an educational advocate as well as with my local police department. I said what I wanted to say and did what I wanted to do. Not that any of that rises to the point of mentioning it. I wasn’t reckless or antagonistic. I just didn’t have to answer to an authority structure in the usual sense.
I’m considering rejoining the workforce in a position with an organization that has structure, rules, etc. While I don’t feel I have to censure my writing or my speech, I’ll probably have to change it some as to not offend anyone in the organization. That’s the downside to work. Unless you are a billionaire, you’re always going to be beholden to someone.
I think I’m going to miss the days of being “unaffiliated.” I could honestly say I was only doing things for what I perceive to be the greater good. No money motives. No mandatory loyalty. No blind obedience. Well, there still won’t be blind obedience. It’s just not in my nature.
So why take a job? It’s because I’m restless. I want to do what I trained to do professionally. I want to be part of something that has an impact. For those who read this and know me personally, I want to work where I know what the expectations are and I most likely will be treated with respect.
So there you have it. My interview is this afternoon and I’m hoping it’s what they promised and I can take the position. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Let’s just see how this opportunity plays out.