When I got to my youth house on the Wednesday night prior to Thanksgiving, my mom had France24’s English-language news on. I joked that France24 must be boycotted in her home, given that they turned her child down for a task. She was astonished– I think I had not informed her that a little over a year earlier, I talked to– in French! — for an entry-level task on the English language desk of France24’s news bureau. Extremely, I passed that interview with flying colors. After we talked, the Human being Resources supervisor believed I was such a shoo-in that she took me on an additional trip of the newsroom and presented me to everybody there. Then she brought me back to her workplace, sat me in front of a computer system, and informed me that the next action was to take a timed news test, which my potential manager would examine prior to welcoming me back for a 2nd interview.
I bombed that test in such a way I have not bombed anything given that getting a 43% on a chemistry test in tenth grade. In the very first part, I needed to determine 8 political figures with 2 or 3 sentences each. I got Bashar al-Assad and Robert Mugabe right however drew a blank on the one American and 5 European names. Obviously most were members of different EU federal government bodies. I can’t even track what the different EU federal government bodies are called, not to mention who their members are.
I do not believe I did as terribly on the remainder of the test as I did on the very first part, however who understands. I needed to produce a heading and compose a script and equate a French post into English, and all of it appeared a little too simple, so perhaps I didn’t completely comprehend the task. In any case, I did severely sufficient that the head of the English-language desk did not even wish to interview me– for an entry-level position modifying video from the field and archive into easy news bundles.
On Wednesday night, I informed my mom this story and concluded, “That was my swan song at a good paying task in France and had I gotten it, I would most likely still be living there.” And after that my mind boggled. While at the time it seemed like a catastrophe to lose that task chance, not one feature of my life would have been much better than it is now, had I remained in France. Yes, I ‘d be speaking much better French, however at what expense? I ‘d be operating in news– which is plainly not my thing– instead of documentary, I ‘d be operating in an entry-level badly paid position, and who understands what sort of hovel I ‘d be residing in. I ‘d have inescapable the numerous hours of time with dear friends and family that have actually sustained me given that I have actually been back in the United States. And I ‘d have stopped working to reroute myself in an instructions that makes any sense at all for my future or my psychological health. It would have been enjoyable in the short-term however a dead end in the long term, extending my strange European tension forever.
The timing of this awareness was ideal. It occurred nearly precisely one year after I heard back from France24 with the news that I would not be getting a follow-up interview, and it occurred right prior to a vacation that is everything about thankfulness.
So I started Thanksgiving counting my true blessings. Thank goodness I stopped working that news test. It cleared the method for the rest of my life to start.
[The photo is from the Hilma af Klint exhibit at the Guggenheim, one of the things I’m so glad I was back in New York to see.]