Sunday, January 31, 2016

Inbetween

Inbetween - in the middle of two things or places.
It's such a complex place to be.
There are residual feelings of nostalgia and relief from the place before, and excitement and anticipation for whats next.

I am inbetween jobs.
People sometimes say that when they don't know where they are going to next. It's a fancy way of saying "I'm jobless" or "I haven't figured out what I'm going to do next". Well I guess that state is complex on it's own as well.
But that's not my case (luckily? ;) )

I know where I am going to next. And I'm going there tomorrow.

But this past month - the notice period has been interesting to put it mildly.
Being in an organization, one that involves excessive community travelling time, for 3 years no less (!) is pretty much like having a new family or being at college ... there is a community you belong to, identify with and get attached to. So suddenly having to leave that - to me felt like I was cheating on a boy friend. Like I told him I'm leaving him for someone else - who I haven't been with yet, but I'm giving both of us a period of time to organize our lives for the change that is to come. (While the new boyfriend conatantly checks up for info and confirmations)

So so so complex and confusing its been.
Am I over reacting? Maybe. I don't know.

The last time I was inbetween jobs, I left the job to finish the project for my M.Sc and had a lot of time for myself. So it was very different. I was just leaving a job. Not for another job.

Another phace of this mildly emotionally roller coaster-y month were those random occassional thoughts of "What  if they suddenly change their minds?" (I have never done this job switching thing before! )

All together, it was, in retrospect, a happening and fun month. I will terribly miss so many people and aspects of my old life - three years of spending thirteen hours a day with those people and working there is more than just a job surely! - but I do look forward to whats to come.

I am now inbetween what was and what would be
The familiar and the possibilities
Inbetween the tears blinked away while saying goodbye and the heartbeats of a new beginning!
Until tomorrow :)

Friday, January 8, 2016

Disconnected: Who can't do it

I'm gonna start off with a mini list of people who should not/ cannot try this experiment
Each with obvious reasons, you'll know ;)
  1. People in luuurrrrvvveeee 
  2. Parents of little kids
  3. People in sales operations
  4. Job seekers
You see, during the floods, a major part of the city faced extended blackouts. There is this guy at my workplace who actually preferred to travel through the rain to get to the office and charge his phone so he could talk to his girlfriend. So I'm guessing that he has a snowball's chance in a forest fire for surviving 15 days without his phone :)

Parents of babies probably won't even notice if they have their phone or not. But parents of little ones at play school or primary school definitely would need phones to feel secure that their kids are safe. The times, they are a changing, and the world as well. So :)

I see guys who take care of industrial operation having two phone, both of which are ringing constantly, I'm sure they would welcome a phone break like a parched camel in a dessert, but they mostly can only dream of that circumstance.

And finally, Job Seekers. In this age of almost exclusive online application of jobs, being reachable on the mobile phone seems quintessential. I had to completely forget job hunting and accept that it's a process on pause for the moment.

I know there are many others who feel like they can't live without their phones, or like life would stop without it. But I don't think there is such a pressing need to be so connected for anyone.
Those are the ones who should probably try this experiment for sure!