The practice of philosophy is a way of life that results from falling in love with questions—the great mythic questions that can never be given definitive answers.Human life is a journey whose end is not in sight. Searching, longing and questioning is in our DNA. Who we are and what we will become is determined by the questions that animate us, and by those we refuse to ask. Your questions are your quest. As you ask, so shall you be.
One of the major questions I have right now is this:
How can I put my talents to good use, help save the world AND pay bills?
I’ve been a food testing microbiology technician, a forensic DNA scientist in a crime lab, and a medical genetics laboratory supervisor. In all 12 years of biotech experience, and once upon a time, on the bleeding edge. I’m a stay at home mother now and have been for 8 years. I help people on one of my blogs learn about selective mutism and parenting gifted kids. I also had a science blog that I share some neat things about science for kids. I do this for free. On this blog, I share writing, my photography and art journaling. I notice and write about the beauty in the world. I try to share what inspires me and hopefully it inspires others too. But, it’s all pretty much lacking something. Oh yeah, a paycheck.
My husband’s been a mechanical engineer off and on for 15 years, but has been laid off for the second time now, for 18 months and still is struggling to find work of any kind. Many nibbles, no bites yet. We don’t understand this. He has so much experience, but not in any one thing.
He used to work at a major metal recycling company. I felt great about that. We were both a part of the solution. Now we are just barely making ends meet on unemployment and savings. He’s studying to be a massage therapist, but he’s not bringing in any income.
Our Cobra insurance runs out at the end of the month. It was massively expensive anyway – $1725 a month for the five of us. My daughters are still young – 10, 8, and 6.
I’m troubled by this, but not depressed, exactly. I just think there’s such a waste of talent here, that my husband and I can’t put our skills to good use. We are able-bodied, able-minded, but no one is interested in us. I’ve been out of work for the past 8 years. A headhunter told me that basically no one would hire me without re-training and the only kind of re-training I’d get would be if I worked temp jobs, but I’d have to lie about not having worked for 8 years. Yeah, something just strikes me as wrong.
I’m not angry about this, though maybe I should be.
There’s a couple of shows I’d been watching.
The documentary Affluenza is one of them. You can watch it here:
there is a related website too:
If you get the chance to watch Tom Shadyac’s documentary, I AM, please do so. It’s pretty amazing stuff.
I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do, but I can’t bring myself to go work retail even if I COULD get hired again (I’m underqualified for labwork, overqualified for everything else).
I can’t be part of the problem, when I’ve always been part of the solution. There’s got to be something I can do to help my family thrive, not just barely survive AND help the world at large too.