Why I love my job
As I was walking the half-mile down the dirt road from the parking lot to "Girls Camp" in Redwood Regional Park this evening -- a warm, beautiful Friday around 6:00 pm -- I thought
"This is what I love about my job."
I'd been invited by my Girl Scout leader friends to come to a campout for middle school-aged scouts and do henna tattoos. It's kinda like I got paid for going camping, only I left before the s'mores.
After chatting with my friend while we set up her tent, I gathered the girls around the picnic table/henna salon to show them some design ideas, and began working.
My first time ever applying henna was about half an hour before I arrived, when my 13-year-old let me practice on her arm. Now these girls were putting their full faith in my skills, even saying, "I'm just gonna let you do your thing." Did I have a "thing??"
Here are some things I've been learning recently:
- Once you've been labeled an artist, people believe you can do all sorts of things.
- You probably CAN do all sorts of things.
- You don't always need to admit that you don't totally know what you're doing.
- Sometimes you can get paid for doing things you've never done before, and those can be really fun jobs.
- Sometimes even when you admit you've never done something before, people will still hire you to do it because they believe you can.
- They are usually right.