Today is my birthday; I’m 28. This general time of year also marks the one-year anniversary of my arrival in Anchorage. It’s been a pretty amazing year, one in which I finally managed to settle down a bit and figure out where I’m going to live and what I’m going to do with my life, at least for a while. After moving every year or two for the past ten years, and frequently having major changes in my everyday lifestyle associated with those moves, it’s an enormous relief to be in one place, doing one thing, indefinitely.
Of course, most of the past year I was still in that same pattern, since my NPS internship was only for a year and I still needed to figure out what I was doing afterward. That added a layer of stress to that time that was somewhat unfortunate, but it all worked out in the end since this time my frantic efforts to find a job actually paid off. And I did definitely enjoy my life other than the job-search stress during that period. The Park Service job was helpful mostly in showing me what I didn’t want to do with my life, but that was in fact a very helpful thing because I had previously been thinking that something like that job was exactly what I did want to do with my life.
The new job is much more in line with my interests, and I’m quite happy with it so far. It’s a pretty different type of working environment from the previous job in a number of ways, and that has made adjusting a little tricky at times, but I think I’m getting the hang of it and I’m excited about what I’ll be able to do going forward. The whole program I’m working with is new, so I have the opportunity to have a lot of influence on how it gets set up, which is nice. It’s also nice that it’s very easy to see how this sort of work can help to improve people’s lives, which is not the case with a lot of jobs that I might have ended up in. It’s also by far the highest-paying job I’ve ever had, which is also nice because worrying about money is awful and I’ve done way too much of it over the years.
So yeah. Things are going well. I don’t know how long I’ll stay in this position or in Alaska, but I have no intention of leaving any time soon. It’s nice to be in that position at last.