Then we moved back to Raleigh and suddenly, the whole "not working" schtick wasn't so cute anymore. So I half-heartedly looked for jobs. But two things were in the back of my mind the whole time. 1) This is so not the best time to be looking for work. The economy is in tatters. And 2) As much as I was so excited to get back home to Raleigh, I kind of feel trapped in suburbia now. Reverse culture shock. In short, I realized I wasn't so sure I was ready to settle back down here.
We both felt restless. Like we hadn't quite gotten our fill of European travel and the joys of having one of the world's greatest cities at our fingertips. There was a general feeling that this was just a break between adventures. And I didn't want to start a new job knowing there was every chance I wouldn't be there very long so I aborted the job search completely. We tossed ideas around. Back to Europe? Something different this time? Asia? We knew it wasn't 100% our choice. It came down to what opportunities were available to Jason.
We all know by now that the opportunity turned out to be Europe again. Belgium. Brussels. It was perfect, we thought. Three months. Just enough time to immerse ourselves in European culture and travel again. We'll get another little taste and then be ready to settle back in Raleigh properly. We all know by now that three months turned into seven months. And as much as we enjoyed this gift to the fullest and made the absolute most of our time there, we were really ready to get back home.
And now that we're here, guess what. We've realized that we are really truly ready to stay this time. We're happy. Settled. Comfortable.
And I really want to work. In fact, through my own networking, I found an opportunity in my dream industry, with my dream organization. Plus, it's a job I know I can do. And I mean do well. Very well. I've never wanted a job the way I want this one. I feel like jumping up and down, waving my arms around and pleading "Pick me! Over here! I'm the best! Pick me! Pick me!"
See, I know that no one else would be as proud to work for this organization as me. I know that no one else would work harder than me. I know that no one else could do this job as well as me. I know that no one else is a more perfect fit for this job than me. I just want them to know it.