When tossed in the deep end, will you sink or swim?

View from the diving board at Rippon Lea in Vi...

Image via Wikipedia

I vividly remember the one and only time that I was assigned to a striker position. (Once upon a time, yes, I played soccer, but only as a social thing. With a few of my friends, we hung around at the back, chased the ball occasionally, got a bit of a workout and got an extra team photo in the yearbook.) And one day when we were short of players, two of us were moved up to the front.

I recall not knowing what the hell I was doing. Floundering. Tapping the ball and running forward, because it was what I’d always seen them do. Faking it, in short.

Recently, I have been feeling this way a fair bit. I’ve started a new job, and the last couple of months in my old position were rather full-on. When you get tossed in the deep end… Run with it.

So far, it’s been rad, thanks for asking.

The biggest change for me has been the hours. No more evenings, weekends, public holidays. (It’s AMAZING. My schedule was increasingly a source of stress for me and T – resentment at never seeing him and various shifts doing away with all other aspirations of living a balanced life.) I’m not commuting into the CBD anymore. Oh, and I’m going to be paid monthly…

It also means a lot is riding on me. For the first time, I’m going to have a work phone. I’m going to have more riding on my little shoulders, rather than being part of an entire team. In short, it’s gonna be intensely challenging but also more rewarding.

11 thoughts on “When tossed in the deep end, will you sink or swim?

  • Reply Financial Samurai June 12, 2011 at 02:49

    Congrats on the new gig! Tell us more about it!

  • Reply addvodka June 12, 2011 at 03:46

    Wow thats awesome, congrats! I’ve had one of those crazy schedules before – you’re right, theyre aweful. Good luck!

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair June 12, 2011 at 05:00

    Congrats! You deserve this!

    A new job can always be a bit challenging at first because of the learning curve, but it sounds like you are going to do amazing at it. Best of luck!

  • Reply cantaloupe June 12, 2011 at 04:14

    Congratulations! You can do it! Striker style, fake it till you make it!

  • Reply Sense June 12, 2011 at 15:24

    moving on up…congrats!! the new schedule sounds much better for your sanity. 🙂

  • Reply Tracey June 13, 2011 at 11:01

    Congratulations on the new job! Great to get out of shift work and into a proper schedule. First thing you’ll notice is a regular sleeping pattern 🙂

  • Reply Serendipity June 13, 2011 at 19:35

    Congrats on the new job and hopefully having a happier balance. You deserve it friend!

  • Reply First Gen American June 14, 2011 at 06:18

    The first 3 months are the hardest. I’ve averaged a new job every 2 years (all at the same company though). You just have to be okay with feeling like an idiot for a while. It’s also amazing when you look back 6 months and realize how much you’ve learned in a short time.

    I love new jobs.

  • Reply What we spent: May 2011 | Musings of an Abstract Aucklander June 16, 2011 at 20:12

    […] ship has not been running very tightly, as we actually hardly saw each other at all last month. That’s changed now; and our budgeting is going to get a bit […]

  • Reply The year in review | Musings of an Abstract Aucklander December 19, 2011 at 14:26

    […] year I got engaged. I moved house. I left my first grownup job. I took my first overseas trip in close to 10 years – my first without my parents and my first […]

  • Reply Goals 2012 | Musings of an Abstract Aucklander January 6, 2012 at 09:02

    […] year I made just over $2000 extra (mainly from my regular side gig, which eventually became my new main gig) but I now need to focus on my FT job. Apart from the odd editing gig or mystery shop, I […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.