My Ignorance


Yesterday I had a conversation with an ignorant person, not ignorant like skin head want to assassinate a presidential nominee and kill 88 and 13 black people to prove a point ignorant, but more in lacking knowledge of a particular subject kind of ignorant. The guy I had the conversation with was explaining how since he had never known about the world outside of his city or state, and that many of his friends didn’t know much about it either, he was unsure of what was out there for him. His ignorance on this matter lead him to get out of where he was and explore. Many of his friends weren’t driven in the same way though, they decided to stay put for fear of the unknown. Since he left his city of origin, he landed someplace that he really likes and is totally in love with what he’s found and how different it is from what he has known. However, in his description of where he was from I could still hear the limitation and ignorance of what else his old city had to offer, and of course since I’m an outsider looking in, with no emotional ties to his birth city, I can see a whole lot more positive things.

This conversation lead me to think about my own ignorance and what I do to combat it. I’m ignorant to the different kinds of work environments and jobs out there in the world (yes this is the tie in to the cube). I’ve worked for the state, a couple of states, since 2001, this is all I know about work environments, office politics, and the machine. My perception is definitely skewed. However, when I search for other jobs or a way out, I have no idea where to look because I don’t really know what else is out there. I know in theory what’s out there, but nothing concrete. If I wanted to find another state job, well I know the ins and out of that kind of search, as well as having the networking ability to get to someone on the inside. My knowledge outside of the state cube is extremely limited (my knowledge of retail is high too, but I’m not trying to go there either).

So to combat this I try to listen to the experiences of people outside of the cube. Real life experiences of people who are really living it. However, my supply of such people is limited. Can anyone out there share their story of life outside of the miserable cube? A cool job you have or had? A different perspective than the cube? Help me end my ignorance.


7 comment(s) thus far...:

Peyso said...

I once had a cool internship working with a Real Estate Developer in NYC. It definitely wasnt one of those "go and get me coffee and file these files" type of internship. I made financial forecast and brainstormed with the CEO and saw some of my ideas actually be used by the company. They flew me to Miami a few times and I got to stay at the 5 star hotel that they owned and eat/drink for free while there. I was unpaid for the whole summer, but on my last day they gave me a nice check for the good work that I had done. Unfortunately, my actual post college work experience has not been that great. And not to nitpick but tts 88 and 14: not 13.

eysqueen said...

@ peyso my ignorance is seeping out all over the place, thanks for the correction!

eysqueen said...

@ peyso my ignorance is seeping out all over the place, thanks for the correction!

Luvvie (aka Queen IG) said...

Well on my end, my ignorance is how corporations work. I have never worked corporate, and have only had jobs within the nonprofit industry. In this way, my resume is pretty typecast as a nonprofit professional. And I think I like it that way.

eysqueen said...

@luvvie expound about non profits, educate a sista...

Brother OMi said...

the job I work at is sweet. Work my own hours, work from home, and meet people every day. ONe day i met a wild life artist and had the chance to build with a fire fighter trainer. He even gave me a tour of his facilities.

I had the chance to look into one of those astronaut g force testers

yes ma'am, i do work in the military sector but i wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

ask the babies...

Monica said...

I posted your blog on Twitter, I hoped that I could get more folks to come share their wealth. Guess it didn't work. Oh well.

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