Daily Dose of Dave #10 – A fresh start

Keep in mind that pushing through is always tough, but it’s rewarding once you’ve gone through the barrier.

Welcome back to a new installment of Daily Dose of Dave, the series where I talk about my life and my search for a job as a writer or translator. I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and are ready to take on this brand-new week. Today, I want to focus a bit more on the things that have been going on in my personal life instead of talking about the job hunt exclusively.

Last time, I told you I felt like I was going down an all too familiar slippery slope. I was fed up with looking for work, as I’ve been doing so for a good four years now without success. I felt like it was going nowhere and that my efforts were in vain. I decided to take a break from searching for a job over the weekend to try and get myself motivated again. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m in a better place than I was before the weekend.

The break
The last two days have been lovely. I decided not to worry about looking for a job, or at least I was going to try. Normally, I tend to overthink the whole situation and I can’t help but think about what I should be doing or should’ve done, especially at night. I tried to ignore these thoughts that frequently pop into my mind. Thoughts along the lines of:

“You should be looking for a job, you know?”

“Do you want to stay at this job you hate forever? You’ll have to if you don’t look for a job now!”

I find it difficult to ignore these thoughts, but figured it would be for the best to try if I wanted the break to have any sort of effect. And so I did.

The weekend
Saturday, I decided to sleep in and spend some time sorting out old stuff I didn’t really need anymore. The missus had recently been dropping some hints here and there that she really wanted to have one of those old polaroid cameras and I thought that selling the stuff I sorted would give me the opportunity to buy her one. I spend a good hour or two sorting out my retro gaming collection. I’m a huge fan of retro games and have collected a lot of things over the years. I made a list of the things I would be willing to sell and put an ad out online.

Later that day, I got a message from someone who was interested in some of my stuff, so I told him to come by and have a look. He did and bought some of my old games.

The next day, I figured I’d take my wife out shopping to see if we could get her the camera she wanted. We found one, so I bought it for her. With the money I had left, I purchased a new game I’d been thinking about getting, if I had the money. The rest of the day went on peacefully: my wife wouldn’t stop taking pictures of the dog and I spend the rest of the day playing the new game I bought.

Did it work?
In the end, the short break from my job hunt helped out. I’ve been more calm about it and today I’ve made a fresh start. I’ve started applying for some jobs and started reading about other ways to make money on the side once I got home from work. I’m not going to over-do it, so I’m taking it easy for now. At least I’m being somewhat productive.


 

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