I Got A New Job

Sarah McMahon
4 min readNov 7, 2021

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I was very excited and more than a little caffeinated, so I bit my knuckle. Because I have not yet lost my teeth, biting my knuckle was more uncomfortable than I anticipated. “What are you doing?” said my friend. “Gumming my knuckles,” I answered, “obviously.”

There is something very special about a friend who understands the need to gum one’s knuckles.

The reason I was gumming my knuckles is because I was bubbling with excitement because I’d just returned from Mexico and I’d started a new job. My new job is currently very confusing and my head was spinning, albeit slowly. More like a merry-go-round and less like a pinwheel if you know what I mean.

“How much coffee have you had today?” she asked me.

“If coffee is a drug then call me a druggie,” I answered (yikes), which didn’t exactly answer her question, but didn’t exactly not. Ambiguity is posh these days.

My friend has very long brown hair that’s very pretty two days after a wash. Two day old hair is healthier and shinier than just-washed hair, according to this very reputable online forum. She has a habit of dying the ends bright pink, and today, the pink was especially vibrant.

“Do you like your new job?” she asked.

“It has only been a few days,” I answered, “but yes, I think so.” How anyone can really think anything is honestly beyond me. I’ve never heard of something so superfluous.

My friend was very curious about my latest career move, “I mean, is it better than your old job? Is it harder? Is it more interesting?”

“You’re asking me questions I can’t answer yet,” I told her. “Let’s revisit this particular line of questioning in four to six months.”

I was looking for a new job for a while, not because I didn’t like my old job or the people I worked with or the organization I worked for, but because my brain was getting itchy and I was getting bored. My parents would probably say that I get bored very easily, which is either a hinderance or a super power. I haven’t quite figured out that riddle yet.

When looking for a new job, it’s important to have a pretty good idea of what you’re looking for: responsibilities…

Sarah McMahon

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