I am not much of a religious person, but I do believe that sometimes things happen for a reason. I've had experiences where in the darkest hour a stranger held a door for me, or let me go ahead of them in line, or offered me a ride to the bus stop when I was running late. I believe that people are generally more good than evil, and that a little kindness can go a long way.
In the past few months I've realized that my current job is not really a good fit. After working in research for over six years and completing a year of graduate school in education, I am ready to move up and on. I am a very committed person, so I did go to my supervisor first to talk about advancement since I'd like to stay where I am until I graduate. Unfortunately, he is not open to it. I'm at the top of the pay scale with the highest title I can have for the kind of work he needs. So I've been looking for a new job that is a better fit with my goals. I finally landed an interview last week and it went well. She was checking my references and I had a second interview lined up this week. However, I got a call today that she had chosen someone else.
Yes, I am a bit bummed because it would have been a great opportunity. I went to have coffee with a my coworker during our break and on the way back we were riding in the elevator with a woman who started talking to us. "I like your shoes," she said to me. And then she called my coworker and me "cute" and told my coworker she had a great smile.
It wasn't a big deal, and the woman seemed a little crazy, but it was just the perfect boost at the perfect time. It's things like that that make me remember that even if I'm a little disappointed now, things will work out in the end. Maybe there is a better job out there, or maybe I will be able to quit in a few months and be a full-time student. Who knows? In the meantime, I will keep persevering...