Last night was the end of a chapter in my life. In July of last year I was hired to work at a radio station. I really enjoyed the job, in fact I enjoyed each part of my job except the logistics. I worked overnights, on weekends, in a town that is a 40 minute away, and the pay wasn’t the greatest. I pushed through and went to work but I felt myself falling and I could feel my emotional being crumbling.
I am working at the school still as a substitute teacher. I also am back working as a PCA (personal care attendant). This takes 5 days a week and then the radio station was Friday-Sunday so no days off. Being married, 2 active children this was just a recipe for disaster. I put my chin up and did it for almost the whole school year but I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was in tears just thinking of being up all night and doing weekends with zero sleep. Last night was my last shift at the radio.
It is a bittersweet feeling. It is one of relief that I can sleep, I can be with my family on the weekends. I can attend scouting and 4H events again that are always on weekends. It is a deep feeling of peace for my family. In the same breath it is one of failure. I have never quit a job unless it was for moving or changing life directions like going to college or graduating from college. I have never been one that just quit a job because it wasn’t fun anymore. Lord knows I have had a few of those but I stuck with it. Even telemarketing in college. I hated it with every bone in my body but it was a short term job and I knew once I started I finished. I don’t quit. I think that is the strong German blood that flows through my veins. It is one for dedication and hard work. So I learned in this process of quitting that I had to weigh the two. Do I do my duty and stay with a job? Do I look at my mental well being and my families togetherness? As my wise momma told me, “You will never get this time back with your kids. If you feel like your absent now it will only grow more and more and you can’t do anything about it.” I choose to do something and gave my notice a month ago.
Will I miss the radio, you betcha. I really enjoyed my co-workers and having people comment, “I heard you on the radio last night.” I will continue to listen to the stations I worked on and have great pride I was once part of that. For me now, I will welcome sleep at night and enjoy our time together.