I first need to say, I did not go back to work part-time because I had nothing to do, because I have said multiple times that living here in Sun City there is so much to do, you can be busy 12 hours a day. I went back to work because of me. Although I enjoy visiting with the neighbors, playing games, working out, doing line dancing, and starting to play golf, I felt I needed something else. I am not a competitive person when it comes to sports and I can say I’m not the most athletic. I am not an artsy person and have really never done crafts except ceramics years ago. I have mentioned that I don’t have a hobby. I enjoy reading, but that is one thing I have always found time for, no matter how much I worked.
It’s almost impossible to put into words, but I was sitting and pondering our new life and thinking about our future years and I thought as much as I enjoy all these activities and I enjoy the freedom of not having to be somewhere at a scheduled time, I also realized that I can’t see myself doing these activities for the next 30 years (I’m thinking positive). Because work was such a part of my life I realized that this was my hobby, my identity. I like the mental workout, the completion of tasks and seeing my accomplishments. But since I have been home I also realized I like my later starting mornings, and I like being available for activities when they come along. So I had a dilemma. I needed to find a part-time job. I did realize that full-time was just going to be too much, but a part-time job would still allow me to participate in all that I have been doing since moving here, yet giving me a dose of “my hobby”.
Well luck would have it, I had potential for 3 part-time jobs and I accepted and have started one of them. In all my years I have never until a few weeks ago saw an Ad for a part-time purchasing person. It was like a message from heaven, that I should open the paper at this right time, see this ad, contact them, get the interview and in 4 days get the job. What is really great about this job is that I told them that I didn’t want to work more than 20 hours, and they seem to accept that. I can work any day of the week and any time from 7 AM to 8 PM at night. What are the odds of finding a job that will be so flexible, in my profession, close to home, and the hours I want to work. I couldn’t have asked for a better match. Now I’m not saying there aren’t some faults with the job, as we all know, nothing is perfect. But the flexibility of this position is something that will make me try a little harder and hope that it works out.
So I’ll let you know how it goes. I have some concerns that the hours could exceed 20 hrs a week, but hopefully we can work something out. I know I’m going to like the extra spending money, which will not be much, but more than not working. It sure is a reality check what you get paid for a part time job, I didn’t realize how spoiled I was. It has been 3 days, and I’m going back tomorrow, so keep the faith and let’s hope this new road I’m traveling down all runs smoothly. To your happy employment travels.