Just Keep Swimming: A New Work Adventure Begins
I have to just keep swimming.
Today I was outside… in the real world.
OK, maybe that sounded a wee bit over dramatic.
Especially since I go out in the real world all the time.
And usually with two kids in tow. Which is no small feat.
However, this was entirely different.
I went to work. Like REAL WORK. Out of the home – work. In an actual office.
You see, I finished all of the courses for my Administrative Professional Bookkeeping diploma a couple weeks ago. The final part to actually receiving my diploma is to participate in and complete a practicum.
And that is what I am doing. I started my practicum TODAY.
I was nervous.I suffer from anxiety so that is a given. I worked myself up so much that I had an anxiety attack when we returned to the office after lunch. It was so embarrassing but my new boss and coworker were pretty good about it.
This is a whole new adventure for me. I haven’t worked out in the real world for five years. Five – very long stay at home most of the time – years. My home, my safe haven. Where the real world can’t touch me if I don’t want it to.
Previous to that I was a librarian at a high school. My former high school where I graduated. My school was like a second home to me. It gave me a lot of security where there wasn’t any to be found. I studied there for four years. And then I worked at the school for about 10 years in three different capacities (educational assistant, website designer/information technologist, and finally librarian).
Today was a big step out of my comfort zone!
I got to file and shred. I followed the current secretary all morning to see what she does on a regular basis. I learned about properties and taxes (OK, not a lot but a small bit). I read the job description binder.
It’s only the beginning.
I have to participate in this practicum for four weeks. The anxious part of me keeps thinking how long four weeks is. The new positive me is trying to think how fast these weeks are going to fly by with how much I will be doing and learning over such a short period of time.
I am hoping tomorrow and the rest of my days at the office go even more smoothly than today.
Keep swimming. Just keeping swimming.
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