I was sitting in my car at the stoplight on narrow St. Matthews Avenue and a tractor trailer came barreling around the corner. It came within inches of hitting me as it turned onto the street. I gripped my steering wheel tightly, but the truck passed safely by.
I was amazed by the driver’s acumen.
And if I didn’t know it already, I added “truck driver” to the list of jobs I’ll never be able to do.
I can honestly say the driver’s test was the only test I ever failed in high school. I hit the barricade when I was parallel parking and passed the test the second time by the skin of my teeth with a C.
After my near run-in with the tractor trailer, I began thinking about all the other jobs I could never do.
I might as well add any job in the transportation industry – bus driver, pilot, taxi driver, valet parker, pirate ship captain – because I still can’t parallel park, and I’m also terrible with directions.
And add the entire medical field to that list because I get grossed out by blood.
The list could go on and on, but I won’t bore you.
It took me longer than most to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, even though all the signs were there: creative writing was my favorite subject in elementary school, I wrote poems (angsty teenage ones) in high school and I minored in English in college. (My major was economics because I didn’t think I could make a good living as a writer.)
Well, it’s been 12 years since college, and I’m pleased to say I’m making a living as a writer and editor. It was tough going at first (living with my parents for longer than I care to admit), but I now have a home, a wife and a step-dog.
If I could offer any piece of career advice to a young person, I would say: If you do what you love, the money will follow. I stole that from someone, but I can’t quite recall from whom. So here’s another lesson for young readers: Don’t plagiarize.
I say all this to let you know I’ll be moving on from The Voice-Tribune this week for a new opportunity in the newspaper field. I’ve been on staff at The Voice for more than six years, learning just about every facet of how a newspaper runs – including how to spell “hors d’oeuvres” (it’s a tricky one).
It’s been a great ride.
About the Author (Author Profile)
Jacob Glassner, News Editor/Plate Spinner
Jacob usually has his eyes glued to a computer screen, editing stories and making sure the paper gets out the door each week. Multi-tasking is his modus operandi – similar to the plate spinners you’d see on the old “Ed Sullivan Show.” Turn ons: freshly-sharpened pencils. Turn offs: exclamation points!!!