I was carefully putting on my shoes when I told my mom the news. I’ve just put two plasters over an open wound on my right foot and I was avoiding friction. “I am actually looking for a part time job.” I wasn’t looking but I have expected a blank stare. “Why would you look for another job?” she shot back. Alright, maybe I was expecting something a little too dramatic or Hollywood.
It was six in the morning and I was about to leave for work. I could have stopped right there and saved myself from a lengthy conversation. I knew she would disapprove. She couldn’t see the point and the tendency that I, her son, could go from slightly underweight to skin and bones worries her like every other mom I know. “Why would you do such a thing? You don’t have a family that you need to support,” she added. I’m practically the head of the family or at least one of the two. I could have retorted with that but I didn’t. I don’t bother providing for us financially and more importantly, that is not in any way a part of my considerations for wanting to get a side job. “I would like to do something that I actually like,” I replied. “Then why did you take that job if that is not what you like?” she asked. She seemed to have a point but ours is a different case. I needed a job to support the family that I was forced to set aside the things that I like. And now I’m trying to get back to all of them. Getting a side job could help.
I know that she is just worried about my health and that getting a side job doesn’t seem necessary if we are just talking about income, but unfortunately it’s not as simple as that. I’m looking for a sense of fulfillment that not even a nine figure salary could offer if it even exists. I could not explain her that. She’s conveniently easily satisfied with things to understand.
I’ve been in the IT industry for a little over three years now. I have worked on banking applications and web service support for mobile applications. But this time I would like to create applications readily appreciable to everybody as opposed to just a few sectors; something for the people of my age who are relatively free-spirited. I would like to create products I believe in and also I would like to try my hand on design. This might appear unsubstantial to some but when we really like to do certain things, we don’t need other people to provide reason for us. It’s enough that we like to do it.
So here I am looking for a side job and even offering my skills for free (at least for the first few tries that is). I hope I’ll get lucky. -aB
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