It is the constant question since I announced my resignation. A question I struggle to answer:
So, what ARE you going to do now?
Students ask, friends ask and some not so friendly folks comment too*. Since when did my job become all that I am? A few days ago a student asked, incredulous that I might have something more to me that just my work at the University,
But when I think of you, I think of you in this room, talking with us and you seem so happy and comfortable here.
I was finally able to laugh out loud and answer him somewhat confidently,
I am happy doing this work with you and the other students, but there is more to my life than this office, and the work I do here. I’m going to live life. I’m going to invest some time in the parts of life that have been suffering from lack of attention.
I think he understood. I work with a group of highly motivated, often singularly driven, young adults, and that there might be more than a career goal aspiration seems completely alien to them. The student and I had a long talk about balance in life.
My friend Rebecca, wise woman that she is, suggested that I just rotate my answers each week. I think this is a fine idea. The stated answer this week?
I’m going to enjoy being a parent to my daughter to a greater extent.
* I got a nasty comment a few days ago on a picture that I had taken of Democrat Raul Grijalva. I assume this person had searched on Flickr for Raul Grijalva and seeing my support for Congressman Grijalva left a comment to the effect that they were going to send $ to his opponent and I should enjoy my ‘unemployment’.
If you have a question about my politics. Be specific and ask. I’m willing to discuss. I am not going to getting into a pissing match. Okay, maybe a little.
This goes out to the individual who left the message:
I take it you have read my blog given you knew about my resignation. Maybe you’re reading now. Upon receiving your comment I decided to donate to Grijalva, Goddard, Camenisch, Kotterman, AND Giffords, and they’re getting some of my time in phone calls etc. Thank you for prompting me to get off the couch and donate time and money.