You know I’m not 21 anymore…I find that my hustle to get by day by day is getting harder and harder. My track record right now since my layoff isn’t the greatest as said by one of my close friends, but the catalyst to my breaking into cooking was my layoff; from a great and consistent 9-5 w/ health insurance. Le sigh…ahhhhhhhhh. Just when I thought that my college education gave me a great job with room for growth–once again I was thrown back to becoming a waitress “just got for a little bit”… so now the journey into the kitchen…
It still affects me–that layoff. Lately it’s been such a struggle to keep up with finances and bills. But I just have to keep on moving. The second job? The Third job? I think of the frivolous spending amidst a couple of months ago, I think of the holidays to come, I think of the new job that will be starting in December the working nights and the weekends. It’s gonna be quite the transition.
I’m not writing about anything bad, but in this journey to becoming a “chef” I am currently starting at the bottom when once I was steady stable and often times longing to cook. Whether I am prepping squash, pears, beets, garlic, pizza dough or frozen calamari, or whether I’m on the line; I enjoy these moments…I just don’t enjoy the bills that come along–and a beginning kitchen staffs wage. Never do I begin to question if I am happy doing what it is that I am doing.
In general life is complex: finding yourself, a career, and working alongside that dang passion that I so often talk about is also hard. Add that together and you got yourself quite the puzzle. Student loans are also a reality.
Is it possible to do both, hustle at both. Pursue a longing and long term desire, and to maintain that professional self. It can happen it just takes time and right now is a great time for change. And of course a perfect example of that change was Tuesday nights Presidential Election.