Eeeeeeeeeee holay. It is hotter than hell this afternoon, but I am proud to report that I hiked six miles in under two hours starting at 7,000′ feet, ascending an additional 1,700 along the way, and did not have an asthma attack. (Pace is definitely slower, see below, but that is because of the altitude, hello, that shiz is intense!) I then put away a very large plate of huevos rancheros, beans, and bacon followed with a nap back at the house. Whew!
I am in New Mexico visiting my mom and many dear old friends on a totally last minute and way toooooooo short of a trip, but good for my soul just the same. Work has been egregiously boring and I am not one who believes that boredom is a state that any human is allowed to claim as valid. I associate it with whining, entitlement, lack of imagination, and immaturity. Or spoiled children. This is the first time I have understood it to be an actual predicament that is valid, and that it is perhaps, evil.
This all started because my company is in the middle of a merger. We are expected to continue on with business as usual, not to mention, we need to be employed by our company at the time the deal is approved to receive our stock buyouts and severance packages. The deal will be approved… um, well, sometime before the end of the year we think? In my particular position the work flow has slowed to a trickle. And I have run out of things to invent to do, and I have to seem like I have something to do, and so what was a simple twinge of boredom that I could readily put out of its misery compounded into a funk tinged malaise. Making the decision to go out of town for 3.33 days on a plane to a tourist town in late June two days prior to departing seemed insane until it simply wasn’t All the pieces came together as if I was the honored guest at the party of the year.
The boredom factor is real though, and it is not only knocking me off track at my present job, it has hindered my ability to focus on the future and what I want to do next/for real/finally achieve passion-work balance. (I must also report that the first call I made two months ago when the deal was announced was to my recruiter, who congratulated me on being part of a company that will actually pay out its stock AND reassured me the market is good and could get me a job tomorrow. Another whew!) I tried to focus on that on my hike today and some clarity towards an action plan did come. Naturally, it turns out I have to start with some gold medal networking, so thank goodness people do tend to like me a lot because I am going to be up on them next week.
Fan-tastic new dress for tonight! And wearing mom’s turquoise!