In a few days I’ll be 42. In Douglas Adam’s masterpiece, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. While comedic, and coming from a world view that is vastly different than my own, I thoroughly enjoyed the original book and much of the series. I’ve already enjoyed answering how old I’m going to be with the phrase in the title and will get far too much enjoyment out of occasionally doing so for a full 365 days. I’m almost equally looking forward to 43 when I can say that I’m no longer the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
As I jokingly approach the coming year, I decided against the increasingly common ## items in ## years post and instead decided to focus on where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going. My experience in life, the universe, and everything has been more than I could have expected and is hopefully becoming exactly what I’ve spent the last several years working towards. I’m publishing this post just a few hours before my final interview with Arizona State University for an Instructional Designer position that I want more than anything. It would be a great place to work, it would fulfill a couple of the items on my List of 100 Things I’m Going To Do, and it would end a very frustrating 14 months of unemployment.
My Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything!
Where I’ve Been
I’ve been everywhere man, I’ve been everywhere. I’ve lived in rural, small island Hawaii and urban, big city Hawaii. I’ve lived in the DC suburbs, downtown DC, and small city rural southern Virginia. My work history includes a decade of volunteer youth ministry positions, terrible restaurant and call center jobs, and a few fast food joints. It also includes office work for an Emu Oil product supply company, office work for a constitutional law firm, coaching, and graduate assistant work at the university level.
Where I Am Now
Something akin to hell for someone who likes to go to new places and experience new things. The job market in Hawaii, even for grad assistants at the university, is terrible so I packed up and moved back East 14 months ago. I’ve had dozens of interviews, made the final interview several times, and continue to fill out applications for any instructional design or technology job available. I’m stuck with my parents in a place with satellite internet featuring a small data cap and slow speeds for a ridiculous amount of money. I drive 35 minutes to Starbucks 3-4 times each week just to have a good enough connection to get real work done. I’ve started writing the novel I want to write and work on it nearly every day.
Where I’m Going
Hopefully Phoenix/Glendale. If not, then Pocatello would be nice if Idaho State follows up. Maybe Grand Junction, Colorado. Wherever I get hired is where I’ll go. I’m going to land a university job somewhere and it’s going to be worth the frustration of the last year. I’m adding coding and programming skills to the mix with a decent grasp of HTML and CSS already with several more Udemy courses paid for. Hopefully a real publisher will pick up my novel, but self publishing isn’t out of the picture if I’ve got the income to do it properly. I’m going to get started on this career and get the ball rolling on completing all 100 things on my list.
What Are You Going To Do About It?
What is your answer to life, the universe, and everything? Where have you been, where are you now, and where are you going?