I find myself at a crossroads. I think my years of bartending may have run its course. This blog has given me an avenue to articulate experiences, vent frustrations and detail opinions. I have fiercely defended my profession as being a valid and worthwhile one and I don’t regret my time in the industry. It has made me more attuned to mine and others’ needs, I am more empathetic and respectful of people than I was when I started and I have a hell of a lot of confidence, which I largely attribute to this work.
However, I find myself eager to be challenged by something new. I want to learn a new host of skills and make mistakes and learn from them. I want my nights free to volunteer and to see my loved ones. I want more time to read and study and go to bed early so that I can enjoy the whole day.
Luckily, there will always be a need for bartenders and I can rest assured that it will be there if I ever want to go back. I sense a restlessness inside of me, I think its due time I take a risk and step out of my comfort zone.