Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Trying to find work
To be honest, I find it somewhat exhausting to apply for work. And if I could choose, I would choose to be a stay-at-home mum. The kids still need my assistance. And they need a mum with energy enough to follow up. But I am afraid my wallet won´t let me. At all. So I don´t have a choice. I have to leave the warm and safe haven which is home and get out there. Into the unknown...
My very first job was actually selling souvenirs at a Lapcamp in the Dovre Mountains. That summer I lived in a tiny trailer and once a week I was driven to a campingsite to borrow the shower. Sound harsh? You know what, I LOVED it! I went swimming in the cold mountain river almost every day. Sometimes I washed my clothes in it. I remember this one particular evening when the owner´s daughter and I went for a swim. We walked up the road alongside the river for quite a while before jumping into the cold water and letting us drift back towards the camp. We passed by an Italian family by the riverside. They sat huddled together round an open fire in thick jackets and wollen hats. To say that they stared is not an exaggeration. They though we were mad...
Another time, we met a German family that had left East-Germay for the very first time after many years. I remember thinking "why on earth travel to little Norway when you have the world before you?" I had to ask them and they answered that what they wanted most upon their first time outside the country, was to see beautiful mother nature and breathe clean, fresh air. We talked with them for quite a while and I still remember that day vividly. Crossing peoples path that way is not something you easily forget.
I have to admid that I have never used my first job experience when applying for work. Living in the mountain selling souvenirs just hasn´t been relevant to the jobs I have been applying for. Still, it is one of the best jobs I have ever had.
Oh, well. I am greatful for the electronic applicationforms that exist today. It makes applying so much easier. I have already applied for four jobs today. Bittersweet feeling, though. I would prefer to stay home, but I have a family I need to help support. So I guess I just have to trot on. And enjoy every day no matter what comes. I have today, and I am going to enjoy it fully. Hope you have a great one too!