So, a cheat for a snapshot, but this is what’s on my mind this weekend. It could be a time of big changes in the household, and it’s all revolving around the suit. You see, Brian has a job interview tomorrow—his first “real” interview in almost twenty-nine years. That’s how long he’s been working at the local AFB, and though he’s changed positions there a few times—and had some interviews to go with those new positions—he’s now seriously considering leaving the security of federal employment and venturing back into the private sector.
And, yeah, even having lived through a few furloughs during his tenure, there’s still no denying that working for the fed is much more stable than working out in the real world. But, stability often comes at a price, and in this situation, the price is working at a job that is simply no longer satisfying.
Anyway, that’s where the suit comes in. Brian’s not really a suit guy, and has managed through his lifetime owning pretty much just one of them. As you might imagine, it’s not exactly in-style these days, so we went shopping last week for a nice, basic suit. We found a decent one for a reasonable price, and the tailoring was finished today, just in time for the big day tomorrow.
Needless to say, he’s a little bit nervous. He’s feeling out of his element in a whole lot of ways, and I think having to put on a suit and tie is somehow serving as a tangible reminder that he’s stepping far outside his comfort zone. Of course, it’s really a job he’s perfect for, but we all know people don’t always get the jobs they’re perfect for. He’s had plenty of experience with that working for Uncle Sam. Personally, I think glaring oversights happen less frequently in the private sector, so I have a pretty good feeling about the job, but he’s not really interested in a bunch of platitudes, so my current unease mostly has to do with not really knowing how to help calm his.
And, after the interview will come the waiting, so the sense of unease will continue for a while, but sometimes you just have to make yourself do things that aren’t comfortable, if that’s what it takes to help move into a situation that makes you happy. Even if it means wearing a suit.