It is no surprise that I haven’t been tackling my “New Year Resolutions” as well as I have promised myself to, but I always chalk that up to it being the first month of the year and I am in need of a nice vacation time. It is also no surprise that last week on Wednesday January 16th was the last working day for me as an editor at a newspaper. It’s like another chapter in the story of my life has been written and closed (for some reason I feel that sentence needs some work but I’m not yet function-able to edit it so I’ll leave you to fix it my grammar fairies).
It finally hit me today, a mere 5 days after I started my “open-ended vacation” time that I no longer had the jaded view on life I used to have when I was looking for stories to fill my pages. You see back when I used to edit the Entertainment pages I would constantly look for interesting stories to share with the readers, most of which had to deal with Hollywood and the likes of that. One of the most disturbing things I discovered about myself is that when a celebrity would pass away or a dramatic thing would happen to them I would jump with joy simply because I now had a lead story to lead with on my page (one person’s misery is some else’s entertainment). Now that I no longer have to read the entertainment news as a chore or part of my job I stumble across the celebrity death stories and no longer feel a sense of misplaced ‘happiness’ instead I am back to feeling sad for that person and their family because it is a huge loss.
Not everyone becomes as jaded as I have become because of the need to fill the pages but sometimes you reach that extreme. I know I reached it, and I know that there were days I would be ecstatic with the amount of news I can carry on a page simply because of the mishaps and downfalls certain celebrities had dealt with. Will I miss this aspect of my job, of course not! I am now back to being a normal human being (if a normal human being ever existed). But I will miss the power I had at the tips of my hands, the power of telling my readers what was important to read and what wasn’t.
Wait, why should I miss that aspect? I still own it here! I can make you read about anything I want you to! And in the upcoming days I promise to bombard you with insane amounts of posts to read, yes some might be of the advertisable aspect but one does have to squeeze those in there to share with you the happenings going on in Kuwait.
Thanks to my little Nada Faris for kicking my bum and getting me to actually look back at my resolutions. You see I actually wanted to give myself a break until January 10th, since I wanted to churn out 20 posts a month, I thought one a day afterwards would surely meet the quota but now that I’m 12 days late I guess that means I have to pull an all-nighter.
I guess it’s time to give myself a little update on how things are going. A few days ago, June 19th to be exact marked the 1 year anniversary of the moment I left my banking sector job and embarked on a new journey. Little did I know that this will lead me to some place different, some place new, and definitely some place where I feel excited about waking up and going to work everyday!
I spent a month off after quitting my job last year and visited the US again (New York mainly to babysit Sister #4) and upon returning I had a part-time gig at the newspaper lined up in hopes of making some extra cash while I look for “The JOB!” I won’t lie to you, I was really scared the moment I started my editorial job in the newspaper. I was entering a new domain and it was simply scary but a couple of months later I started seeing how joyful things are and how I picked up most of the things that were needed. I started sharing some of my ideas and received a well response from my boss.
You might be wondering why I’m in love? Well simply put in the words of Steve Jobs “The only way to do great work is to do love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” I took that leap and found something I love to do. In my current job I maintain the Entertainment and Technology pages while roaming around other pages such as Life, Culture, and sometimes World news. It is truly a fun experience to go through and the exhililartion and power you feel day in and day out when you see your hard work in print makes it all worth it.
Granted the working hours and days were a bit hectic, having to deal with a 6 day work week instead of 5 and working on holidays but with Journalism work starts mainly after 1:00 p.m. hence why it doesn’t feel like a pain to me. I am actually excited when going into work and the moment I leave I feel the excitement still gushing through my blood stream.
Do I regret leaving the banking sector? Hell No! I wish I just found this job earlier but at the same time I am glad of the time I spent in the banking sector and knowledge I gathered up because without it I wouldn’t know how to avoid making mistakes with banks and how to catch bank’s mistakes!
To everyone out there with a job that sucks the day life out of you, I recommend you start looking for something you would love and to those who love their job then I’m glad to be a part of your secret club may others find this club out and start to enjoy working again.
P.S. I feel even lighter in my blog and life, I no longer have negative experiences or anger moments to share because I simply don’t deal with it anymore (El Hemdellah).
Oh to be young again! I would love to go back in time just to experience the joy of having a Summer Internship! Learning the ins and outs of the working sector way before you graduate from university and face the world where everything is big and scary! Well you don’t have to fear the world anymore, if you’re between the ages of 16 and 27 (in High school or College) you can experience the joy of interning during the summer.
One of the benefits of internships in my point of view is giving our youth a sense of responsibility, instead of having them spend their summers harrassing people, going to shopping malls, restaurants, or cinemas, they can do something useful! Learning about the big bad world way before they have a chance to step into it officially! Thanks to Fursa a non-profit Kuwaiti startup company they are determined to change Kuwait and its youth! And to that I say, “it’s about damn time!”
Now that I’m trying to be more active I will introduce a weekly post called “Technology Sunday” (Tech Sun for short!) dedicated to provide you with the latest Technology Page that I prepare for Al Watan Daily (English). Since everyone here knows that I work there now I thought what better way to give you the latest cool news in Technology and share something I’m proud of than to shove it in your face. App of the week is also mentioned there.
Every Sunday you can check out my Technology page in the Al Watan Daily Newspaper (English Version of course) and well I’m proud of it, I love doing it. Picking out the awesome stories that you see, choosing the App of the Week (it’s based on what I think would trend or something you guys miss out on not necessarily based on anything else).
This week I just loved how the page looked and thought I’d share it with you! With an exclusive interview with the General Manager of IT Sales of Samsung Gulf Electronics. You know you guys should pick up this newspaper whether online via the website or physically it is cool. During the week I prepare the Entertainment news and I instill as many TV newsbits as I can! [Check out the online PDF of the Tech Page]
So don’t miss out. Seriously don’t or else!
I’m not kidding.
No seriously I’m not!
Bon nuit :D