I spent last week moving into a new apartment, because like I shared in my last post one of the many amazing things about my new job is that it provides me with housing. I sit here now in this new space still needing to unpack some boxes but I am really happy, I am extremely content.
Throughout my time this past almost 10 months now I have filled my time with some different things that have supported me in different ways and now that I will be starting a full time job my time will be filled differently.
Working in retail for the first time in my life was one of these things. When I first started in October I had mixed feelings about this work (I wrote about that here). What I came to realize is that I was working with colleagues (they laugh when I call them colleagues) who appreciated me, the managers supported me and my needs and I was valued for who I was and the work that I did. I know that retail is not the career for me and I admire those who commit themselves to this field. There are a lot of people out there who are not very nice and when you work under the guise of the customer is always (or almost always) right it certainly tries your patience. And the ability to have educational moments with people even when you know you should can not usually happen (and boy do I like educational moments). Tomorrow I will work my last day in this job, with the exception of an occasional weekend or holiday shift, and I feel grateful for this opportunity. Did I make a lot of money in this role? No. Did I connect with people in a way that was meaningful? Absolutely. I feel like though I was not hired to be in a helping role, the ability to connect how I know how to connect allowed me to build some deep relationships in a job that could have been void of such things. I have not worked for 2 weeks but went into the store this afternoon and was greeted with hugs and people truly excited to see me. This right there affirmed this job as an essential piece to my journey.
I am getting to stay in my community, the community that I love being a part of. Because I am not going anywhere the relationships that I created and nurtured in this retail gig can sustain and continue to flourish. These colleagues probably do not even realize what an essential part of my village they have been.
In the grand scheme of life 10 months really is not that long of a time. I know that in life we have some moments that seem significant but this time has certainly reinforced that every moment is significant and more importantly every relationship is significant.