You know five years is a pretty good run for just about any job.
My time at The Panolian has been split when I left for a year a half from November 1996 and returned in February of 1998. I first started at The Panolian in January 1992.
As then, I find myself wanting to explore some more possibilities in the different job markets.
I still find myself at the ripe old age of 39 trying to decide what I am going to do when I grow up. I have gone through so many phases while I try to mature.
I like to do a lot of things. Sometimes I like to work and interact with people a whole lot. Then I find myself wanting to work alone and try some creative writing and stuff like that.
When you have bills facing you each month, it does not leave you with a whole lot of options to just drop what you are doing and explore a new career option.
One of my most treasured dreams is to write a novel. It’s just that I do so much writing at The Panolian that I don’t get a chance to explore other options on my off time (what is that?)
Writing can be so draining when you are trying to think of things to keep the readership interested. Also, this is a job in which I get to wear many hats: writer, photographer, layout, graphics and sometimes receptionist.
With that in mind, I will take a few months off to pursue another career, though still in the writing field.
I want to see how far in this field I actually can go. It is a risk and many times I am not a risk taker. Doing something you know you will succeed in is not really taking a risk. I know there are lots of things in the writing field out there and I feel I need to experience as many as I can to know whether I am in the right place.
There are so many things going on in the sports world just in Panola County, publisher Jim Beaver will have to replace me in order to keep everything going.
I wish that new person all the luck in the world and hope that everyone will work with the new person as well as they have worked with me.
I know the coaches have to get used to another person and it may or may not be an easy transition. But it can be done.
If you know someone who would be interested in this position, please give the editor a call.
The one thing I have always wanted since I worked at The Panolian was for April 1st to fall on a publication date and this year it did.
So to all the faithful readers of this column: