Journalism was never like a job | News


The fact that I was hired into journalism without any logical reasoning has been overstated many times. The fact of having managed to put both feet in a trade after a reasonable amount of time will always be a major asset in my favor.

There was a statement in a recent episode of the TV series “Blue Bloods” that reasonably supports this opening statement.

“When you find something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” the words portray.

I guess that means when you find the right job, your work worries are over. No more wishing for this or that and no more questioning your abilities in the world of work.

I was lucky that the decision was made for me by someone I didn’t know and someone who didn’t know me. But this is all old hat and over-hashed.

Still, I wondered how many plans for the future actually came to fruition. How many dreams of future employment have been side-tracked by something that was never considered?

I know a lot about this.

I was raised next to a rail yard and wanted nothing more than to be a railroad engineer. This, I thought, would be my life’s calling.

It wasn’t long before we drifted away from trains and stuff and my future jumped into another chapter – a chapter that looked promising but didn’t read well.

Although totally unflattering and totally embarrassing, I viewed school as a punishment for young people and didn’t understand why it should be compulsory rather than selective.

I didn’t believe that report cards were a guarantee of success and I didn’t appreciate that some of my professors told my mother that I was missing the skin of my teeth.

Mom, one of the most trustworthy souls ever, has pinned her hopes on me keeping my teeth.

Anyway, I managed to make it to eleventh grade when I dropped out of school and joined the US Navy. Four years later I was discharged, returned home and still knew nothing but to be a good sailor.

Fortunately, there was this newspaper editor in Tennessee who looked at a young man, saw something that looked like a reporter, and hired him as a reporter. The earth shook, the clouds took shelter and a 62-year professional career began.

When you find something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life again.


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