3 May

It’s now three months that I’ve been ‘living the dream’, as my ex-colleague Mark would put it, by which I mean I’ve ditched the office job and I am splitting my time between writing and looking after my baby niece. I realised from the start that it’s a great change, but I hadn’t realised quite how great until I met up with my friend Andy in Edinburgh.

I was in the capital to do a bit of interpreting, which I do very occasionally, and arranged to meet Andy on the way home, since it had been a while – such a while, in fact, that I hadn’t seen him since he got married, and he hadn’t heard about my book. We had a nice wee ice creamwith his new wife, sitting in Princes St Gardens  (my knowledge of Edinburgh isn’t great so I have to meet people in obvious places), and afterwards Andy commented on how happy I seemed. It took me a moment to work out what he meant.

The thing is, you see, that I used to meet Andy for a coffee after meetings in Edinburgh that were part of my office job, so I would spend the entire time moaning about my job, and he would spend far less time moaning about his job, because he is a kind and patient person. This time, we talked about books and theology and Andy’s job, but the usual topic of conversation was completely absent. I hadn’t noticed, but Andy had.

My current job is not all fun. The niece can be hard work, deadlines are stressful, there are a lot of things to juggle, and sometimes it’s a real chore to make myself sit in front of the computer and write. But these are legitimate challenges of an occupation – a career – I actually enjoy. I can contemplate the future with optimism rather than dread. I am, in short, happy.


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3 Responses to “Happy”

  1. Peggy Strack May 4, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Good for you! So many people don’t have the courage to let go of a life that they think they ought to live to pursue their dreams. Dream chasing, like you point out, is not easy but it is fulfilling. It’s living. I found you on Linkedin and am glad I did. We have similar viewpoints on life.

  2. linneann May 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I’m glad you are happy. Life is short, too short to be working in an unhappy situation. Best wishes on your writing.

  3. patgarcia May 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Hi Karen,
    I wrote a comment on your blog while on my iPhone but it seems to have got lost, so I will repeat it here.
    You have found yourself and that is a very good feeling. I know how you feel because I have been there. Keep writing and keep looking forward.
    All the best.

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