It’s a week now since I’ve finished Community Service.
I decided to take this week to organise my admin and recover from a long year. A holiday, if you will. Only, this time my holiday is unpaid leave. Oh, I do miss formal employment.
Taking a year to do locum shifts is not all bad. In fact, many of the senior doctors I know actually recommend it. It allows us to widen our net of experience, and also to experience different clinical settings, and interact with a wide variety of clinicians. It’s networking, basically.
There has also been the suggestion of taking a year to travel. Apparently people do that after Community Service!
I simply don’t have the means, though. When I ended my long term relationship in 2017, I didn’t even own a teaspoon. I had to buy everything: fridge, kettle, washing machine, cutlery… the list goes on. This practically depleted my savings. What I have left will carry me for a while, while I sort out my locum shifts and widen the job-search; but certainly not to travel. I have a lease, for crying out loud.
I’m trying to enjoy this time off, where I get to sleep late and actually have time to cook dinners. But it’s hard to enjoy time off when your anxiety is at a high due to the job search.
Nothing ground-breaking today. Just a life-update.