Nearly 2 years ago I walked into my “first office job” and was greeted with this view.
I am a smart and able person, but I still consider luck to be a major factor for IDEASS hiring me. I am lucky to have been born into a middle class family that affords me privileges my neighbors have never known. I am lucky for my hard-working parents, who encourage my education and curiosity. I am lucky to have worked for generous and unwavering supervisors and instructors who donate their time to vouch for me and my work. I am lucky for my friends, who are present for both the venting and the celebrating. I am lucky for Vicki and the IDEASS team who took a chance on hiring a former photog to manage their schedules and paperwork. I am lucky for numerous co-workers and acquaintances, who challenge me and make me laugh. I am lucky for my husband who cheers me on and supported me when I could not contribute to our income.
For almost 3 years, depending on the week or month, I was un- or under-employed. Un/under-employment is a frustrating and grinding experience shared by too many people, a problem unrecognized by those who have enough and are too busy themselves, and a dangerous trend ignored by those who hold power. At times I have looked out my office window at the Capitol and wondered “where is Walker traveling this week?” and felt disgust for his failed jobs promises.
But more often than that, and more importantly, I have taken in the view and felt both gratitude for my lot in life and a resolve to struggle for progress.
On Monday I begin another support position with UW System Administration. It is an office two floors up with a different view and a new set of perspectives, and, nonetheless, I continue with my same mission.
Thank you, all, for helping me along the way.