Monday, March 31, 2008

Lexapro all around!

A question to ponder: If most of my co-workers and I take perscription anxiety/depression meds, and talk about it freely at work, do you think management would take a hint? High pressure sales, anyone?

Seriously, I need to figure out what makes me happy and do it. I have a new idea every week of something I could do, a business I could start. I've had an active imagination since I was a kid and I'm mostly an idealist. My family thinks I'm flakey because I job hop (two years is a real accomplishment). I am just a person that really wants to love what I do. I can tolerate any job for awhile..then I get out before it breaks my spirit. I feel guilty about it too. Why can't I just "buckle down" and stick to something. I like to think it's because I'm passionate. If there's no passion, I lose interest. My degree is a B.S in Communications with an emphasis in broadcasting. In college I worked at an ABC affiliate and actually had some on-air opportunities. But I moved back to my hometown upon graduation because of a guy. Stupid stupid stupid. I made a decision based on a guy. Yay me. Way to go.
I haven't used my broadcast training since then. I guess "sales" requires "communication" though.
So, this week I think I want to be a photographer. I have an eye for it but I lack some technical skills that would require some classes.
Or, I could try to make my "Mary Kay" into a career. I mostly just like to get my skincare at a discount though.
I've toyed with the idea of begging for any job at a tv station in this market to get my foot in the door. But the fear of not remembering anything I learned in college and looking like an idiot keeps me from doing it. This is going to sound brazen, but I'm a pretty good reporter and good on camera. I guess nobody will ever know because I'm also a big weiner.
So, if anybody has any suggestions for career options for a creative, ADD afflicted idealist, leave me a comment. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Good morning one and all! It's early, dark and cold but I am still so excited about the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony last night. As a Hoosier (which means I'm from Indiana, in case you didn't know) I was so excited for John Mellencamp to be inducted. Yes, yes, I know some of you might think he's a pain in the ass. He even said himself last night that it's not cool and never has been cool to be a Mellencamp fan. I've never been one to be swayed by popular opinion, so I'm a fan.
If you haven't listened to his music in awhile, I urge you to give it a whirl. I enjoy the good rockers like Authority song (and completely relate to it) and What if I came Knocking (probably my favorite). But the gritty soulfulness of songs like Minutes to Memories, Jackie Brown, Between a laugh and a tear...those are really introspective pieces. They quietly demand that you examine your own life and purpose. Another favorite with a blatant message, "Your life is now." I adopted this as a mantra to remind myself that there are no do-overs, no rehearsals, no second chances. My life is what I will make of it right now. In this moment.
Then there are the popular classics like Small Town, Jack and Diane, Scarecrow....I grew up in a small town and these songs speak volumes to me. I long to be back in a small town, and these songs give me solace sometimes. They give me just what I need when the traffic is too heavy, the pace is too fast, the people are angry at strangers, the world is too complicated and I just don't always feel safe where I live. These songs take me back to my town where safety wasn't a concern, even strangers (and there weren't many) wave as they drive down a country road and the pace of life was slower. Slow like a Friday night football game and going to Waffle house for cheese sticks afterward, slow like a Saturday trip to the Dairy Queen, slow like a Sunday afternoon walking through the woods with my dog. His music stirs so many images, memories and emotions in me and it truly inspires me.
Yea, give it a whirl. Thanks John Mellencamp for your words, music and soul, you've shared it all. Congratulations on your induction!