It's only a part-time gig. No benefits, no vacation days, no sick days, no personal days. Some day it may change. Some day I may work full-time. Until it's my turn for that position, I've been learning to enjoy all the perks of the best paying, part-time job I've ever had.
I mean, this job puts a whole new spin on what I've done in the customer service industry. I'm not ringing anyone up at a register, I'm not serving anyone food or drinks, I'm not helping anyone find an item in a store, I'm not changing sheets & cleaning hotel rooms, or tying to find someone find the perfect real estate. BUT I am going mailbox to mailbox all over the county. I'm delivering your mail, your packages, your cards, your bills, & the occasional rare hand-written letter. Whether people want it or not, they're always waiting, watching for me. They know about what time I'll be by their house. They'll learn what I drive, they'll develop their opinion of me based on performance. Heck they'll even give me a nickname, I've been referred to as "that blonde one" by a few customers. All they know is I'm the person putting something they may or may not want into their mailbox.
While I've been told I "need to get a real job" & my job "isn't important", my part-time job is perfect for this time during my life.
What they don't know is, I love my job. I love being able to work a few days (maybe more) a week & still support my family. I love having extra days off to spend at home with my family. I enjoy being able get things done on my to-do list. In my off time, I'm able to sit here & write this blog, scroll through facebook, take care of my children & my husband, & provide financial stability (that's a great feeling).
During my time on the job, I can listen to whatever station I want on my radio. Yes, I'm alone in my vehicle anywhere from 2-6 hours while delivering the routes. It's a time I can catch up on my thoughts. The things I see on a day-to-day basis around my hometown, while it can mundane, are also amazing. The scenery is beautiful, always changing. (For instance, the photo at the top of this page. That's a photo from an area on one of my routes.) I love being able to see my county on a whole new level.
Though, our winter months are harsh, cold, & snowy. Even when my job is at it's most difficult (Christmas packages & stuck on the side of some old side road), it still has beauty. There are days in the Winter where we could be out there still delivering when dusk sets in, but you know what.. That's when I get to see the Christmas light decorations on. When the days are long & rough, it's all about finding the silver lining in my day.
No required uniform, listening to my own music, to see nature in it's raw form every day that I'm on the job, those are a few more of my silver linings.
Life is all about silver linings.
I'm not saving lives, I'm not educating the future, I'm not treating the sick, I'm not protecting the world from bad guys, I'm not doing anything extreme. I am, however, doing what I can in this world. I'm raising two little girls, lending a helping hand where it may be needed when I am able. It can be hard in a world where we are expected to work our lives away & where we are made to feel less important based on what we do for a living. The important thing to remember is to do what makes us happy. This makes me happy. I'm at peace in my place in life. Not everyone feels the need to be defined by their career and that is OK. Life isn't a competition, slow down & enjoy the scenery.
What are your silver linings?
And maybe all that sounded hippy-like & cheesey to you, but hey, we all have to do something to keep our happiness alive.
Because of my silver linings I get to experience, I can share some of my U.P. rural route photos right here.
I'm a mom of two. A wife. I'm a yooper (live in the U.P. of MI) A postal worker. I'm real. I'm me. This is my start.