When your best just isn’t good enough

A few months ago I joined a local book club for gaijins.  We meet every other week, and so far there are seven members.  I have to say that almost all of them are elderly expats in their seventies (sometimes younger people join, and swiftly drop out … I don’t really blame them, we’re not a very exciting bunch).  One other member is an IT engineer originally from New York who is exactly the same age as me, and has Japanese relatives here, so I feel that I have a lot in common with him (don’t get your hopes up girls, he’s happily married!).  He’s a dynamic guy, quite a mover and shaker, and right now he’s one of the few people that I actually trust and confide in. 

Last week over a club dinner he said something that startled me.  “You know Miko, you could be doing so much more with your life.  Do you want me to ask around?  I know people who could get you hooked up.”  Upon enquiring just what he meant by “doing more” it turned out that he thought I would have great potential joining a start-up company and moving up through the ranks, instead of this ridiculous fiddling around with teahouses and cram schools, etc. 

I said “thanks, but no thanks.”  At this stage of life, I don’t want to have to answer to anyone.  (And crikey, aren’t I “doing” enough already?)


2 comments on “When your best just isn’t good enough

  1. Karen says:

    Yes, you are doing quite enough already. And I do NOT see you putting up with the politics and backstabbing of the corporate world. My son is the same way. He can’t stand the idea of working for a big corporation. The daughter, however, thrives in the corporate environment.

  2. Miko says:

    Thank god, I thought I was being paranoid. I’ve been asked several times in the past why I don’t join the corporate world, and each time my answer was, “because I don’t want to have a boss.” Unfortunately I’m starting to discover that I don’t want to *be* a boss either.

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