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Jack of All

My professional life is marred by the ordinary.
By the humdrum thank you ma'am.

It remains puzzling, even in my semi-retirement phase.
I am not someone with an aversion to "success" or money.
I was raised to have a strong work ethic and I tend to show up, and I’m 100% tied-in to my endeavors. I've been at the receiving end of accolades and positive performance appraisals,  and I have over time broadened my scope of learning and my skillset, and I have tried to keep up with the times and technology.

Still...
Always in circles.
Round  & round.
Forward; then back to square 1.
Everywhere, but up.
Lateral moves and Plan B’s.

Hmmm…
Maybe I am a dreamer?
Maybe it’s because I’m the youngest sibling, the other one?
It could be because I’m fickle?
Or easily bored?
Or difficult?
Too demanding? Not demanding enough?
Too nice? Not ruthless in the least.

Yikes, maybe I think too much?
Maybe I should think some more!
Or deeper?
I could go back and make like Freud and delve into my childhood, or interpret my ever recurring mountain dream.

I jest.
Perhaps.

I could look back on my life and see where the random negative patterns of behavior were set and positively reinforced. Maybe it was growing up in the 80's during the Apartheid Era, on the wrong side of the tracks; on the flipside of institutionalised white privilege? When second class becomes second nature, you realise how insidious and destructive Apartheid policies really are.

Having started out my professional life on a sound foundation (Bachelor of Arts degree with 3 majors: Linguistics, Psychology & Afrikaans en Nederlands; and a Higher Diploma in Education with Specialisations in Languages and School Guidance & Counselling) I would have expected to stay within the field of education.
I did not.
Rather I embarked on a career path that spanned sectors:
I became Teacher...Counsellor.... HOD...PA to MD…Marketing Coordinator…Administration Manager...back toTeacher...Content Creator...
Jack of all trades!
Never on a straight path!
Taking four walls.
Using 5 work days.
Seeing endless opportunities…

What have I accomplished?
I'm not entirely convinced that it matters.
Who have I impacted?
Now that, that does matter.

Who am I?
I am the ordinary.
I am parent, sibling, friend, teacher, mentor… And I am passionate about my tribe.
Maybe we're not so ordinary after all.

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