I’m starting a new job on Tuesday and I’m really excited about it. I’m going to be the program director for Council Senior Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This is some rockin’ senior center. They have classes and events ranging from collage and knitting to computers and short story discussions.
It’s part-time, which will allow me to continue coaching and writing and teaching. Plus, it will utilize so many of my professional skills — communication, coordination, managing, organizing, writing, interacting, innovating. After applying unsuccessfully for much less stimulating part-time work in order to get a steady income, this seems like it was meant to be on several levels.
First, to be honest, it’s a bit of an ego boost. I mean, the local stationery store said “No, thank you” to me two months ago and there’s still a sign up in the window saying they’re looking for people. (What the hell are they looking for????)
Second, on a more positive note, I got an incredibly good vibe from Ruth, the woman to whom I’ll be reporting at the senior center. I love those moments in life when you just know you’ve met someone who will make some sort of impact on your life.
Third, how inspiring is it to see such vibrant activity for seniors? I’m so intrigued by the idea. This feels very new and challenging and I’m wide open to the possibilities.
I’m fairly certain you’ll be hearing more as this unfolds. I’m looking forward to sharing.