Ah, resume, "to pick up where one left off."
Sparky has offered me some coaching today
to get my resume updated and up to par.
I've decided this is a worthwhile activity
every few years,
whether applying for a new job or not.
I found my resume file
and was shocked to discover that it dated
all the way back to high school.
My God, I was a frightening high school student.
Geek, with a capital G.
Hmm. I appear to have misspelled "scholar."
But it was a manual typewriter, so once you finished
the row, there wasn't a lot of going back.
I even had a section titled "Government Sponsored Activities"
that sat right between the extensive
"School Recognition and Awards"
and "Community Activities."
I listed my height and weight.
I was shaped basically like a pencil.
I'm better for my additional 50 pounds, I think.
By my seminary application
I had signs of human life
mixed in with continued geekdom.
Listed below all my churchy leadership
was the following:
"First runner-up, Ping-pong championship of the universe....1987."
On that resume I listed my life goals:
"In my lifetime I would like to be ordained a United Methodist minister, hike the Appalachian trail, learn to play bagpipes, write a novel, and pay off my seminary education."
I've done the first and the last.
I frequently hike, occasionally on the Appalachian trail
but never too far, or carrying too much on my back.
I've gone from wishing to write a novel
to blogging on occasion.
I'm good with that.
Looking at 25 year old resumes
does put things in a certain
What are my life goals now?
be kind to people who tick me off,
grow a summer garden,
teach others the worthwhile things I know,
keep my sense of humor,
make music with whatever is at hand,
keep my focus.