Monday, May 07, 2007

I Don't Know What to Call This Post--Probably Something About Jobs, Work, or Health Insurance

At my high school reunion on Saturday night (perhaps more about that later), I talked for quite a while with an old friend who is in a similar situation to me, workwise. Only her husband is in hedge funds.

For the first time in my adult life, I'd rather not have a job. There are so many things I'd like to be doing--so many things I am doing--that bring in some money, might eventually bring in some money if I could devote the time to them, bring in no money but are still worth doing. And while I have lots of job possibilities and career options, I don't have a burning desire for them, a sense that THIS is what I MUST be doing, or even WANT to do. They are good possibilities that I'd be perfectly happy with, and I hope one of them will capture me and make me truly excited for work again, but that's not where I am right now.

However, where I also am is married to a wonderful man who is not in hedge funds. And where he is, there's no health insurance. And please don't give me the "you can live on one income, you just have to make choices" line, because these are the choices we have made, and I need to have a job.

4 comments:

Dawn said...

I was tempted to type, "It is what it is -- you just have to make choices." and leave it at that but it's a Monday and that humor is probably unkind at the beginning of the week.

Libby said...

I hear you, Becca. What those people are saying is "you can live on one income, you just have to make very different, maybe scary, possibly unfair, maybe even bad, choices." Right? That somehow doesn't sound quite as good, though, or nearly as smug. Sigh.

parodie said...

I find it crazy-making that so many many stories from the US end in "but we need health insurance" and yet y'all are still stuck with the same system. I'm sorry.

Kelly said...

As someone who is working and doing so while not loving it, but doing so because it's the choice that has to be made for the time being...I hear you. I can list ten other things I'd rather be doing, some of them would bring in money if I could devote the time and energy to upping my game, but it would be a slow climb. We need cash now.

Hope something really amazing jumps in your lap. (don't mean that in a fresh way...) (or maybe I do!)