It’s election week in Ontario though advanced voting started last week. Thus, the theme for this week is born.
But other than mentioning that I’m working the election as a tabulator, I’m not actually going to spend a bunch of time talking about the election because I really don’t want to. People will be handing me their votes in a cardboard folder to feed into the vote counting machine. Tomorrow, I train for it, Wednesday I pick up my machine, Thursday is the election, and Friday there’s some sort of debrief.
So what am I going to talk about? Electing to succeed. What do I mean by that? I mean choosing the path that will lead to your own definition of success.
For example, yes, there are many things I *can* do for work, but if I apply to everything I could possibly do, I know it won’t lead to me having a reasonable amount of happiness. Some jobs are more demanding than others and could leave me in a position where I’m making money, but have no time to write.
That’s not my definition of success. It wouldn’t make me happy. Success to me is having a decent job and being able to pursue my art. I don’t need to be getting wealthy off my day job to be happy. I don’t need to have the kind of income that lets me buy every new gadget that comes out or travel to every country. I need a position that uses my skills to help others while giving me enough to cover my expenses with a little bit extra to put towards debt and some social events.
But it may take a while to get that job. So I’m also pursuing other positions that give me skills I don’t currently have.
I have a multi-step plan.
I’m electing to succeed in the short term and building myself a path for future success.
There are a lot of things going on right now. For example, I got fingerprints done today and my internship is keeping me busy. I’m also self-studying a couple of things to boost my employ-ability. These things will also help my art.
Speaking of my art, I haven’t done much lately because I’ve been so busy figuring out my path and applying to jobs, but I’ll be getting back at it with more vigor than ever once election week is over. I have a feeling I’ll be wanting to hermit regardless of the result…
I feel so fortunate to have good friends helping me through this transition! I don’t know where I’d be without them.