I have been working in various part-time jobs since I was 14 years old. How come it feels like it’s harder to get hired now that I graduated from a Master’s degree? The whole career and job hunt business is getting mysterious.
I mentioned on my last blog post that I’m currently not working, therefore I get to spend a lot of time at home with my kitty catty Simon. But the anxiety of job searching is catching up to me. At first, I gave myself a time frame of at least 6 months after graduating to slowly…slowly… find full-time work that I like to do. So, the first thing I did after graduating this April was to travel in Asia with my boyfriend.
After coming back from the trip in August, I proceeded to relax at home. Do things that enrich life like : see friends again, pick up a new interest, make things (I am going to share the 30″ cat scratching post I made in my future post!), exercise as a couple, gain weight, make exciting food etc. But the anxiety is catching up to me. Winter is coming, and I cannot enjoy anything.
When I do’t send out another 2 resumes or cover letters every weekday, my anxiety accumulate because I felt that I could not fulfill an invisible quota, which I NEED in order to live my daily carefree and enjoy my time. I am working towards easing the dread of running after the status of a young professional.
Recently, when I look at my cat standing or walking around in space, I can’t help but think about what else can I do with him. My mind can’t stop asking “What else can I do with my cat??”
Since I am still in the ‘new grad job hunting market’, I’m mostly at home lately and I can spent a whole lot more time with Simon. We are doing plenty of things together already, but I don’t feel it’s enough. To me, my cay still looks under-stimulated half of the time, but why? …
Here is what me and my boyfriend do with our cat generally:
run together around house
play with his “temple” (the tall cat scratcher) with a canvas rug that looks like a snake
put treat in fun places for him to get
invite him to sit together
invite him to be petted or rubbed
I join his nap
squeeze his thigh when he passes
speak to him when our eyes meet
kiss his head (60+ times/ day) (my favourite)
blow air on his soft belly
give him fresher water, invite him to drink
train him to stop eating my plants
train him to be a hunter (hunt insects, flies that got inside)
coo him to sleep
wake him up, to join us in afternoon activities
look outside the window together onto the street (me only)
give food I’m eating for him to sniff
roll roll roll our dust
Today, I googled this issue and found the first result: 101 Thing to Do With Your Cat Me and Simon did/is doing at least 45 of these recommendations already.. Except the ones about “take your kitty to travel” or “throw X party and costumes” etc. and I disagree with some of them in principle anyway, but what to you think?
I want to keep him feeling meaningful about his cat life, not bored. Maybe he is NOT BORED! Okay, but I still hoping to do more with my cat. What else can I do with Simon at home? Can you tell me?
I learned that this year’s Chinese New Year fall on February 8th.
We are colouring this big poster over the weekend to make it in time for delivering it to China for my grandma. Simon is walking all over the pastel colours to supervise us, and get his paws in pigments.