A year on…….

newspaper-courtesy-of-nickdilulio.files_.wp_.com_I have today (July 1) completed a year in my new job. Or, to put it in another way, a year away from mainline journalism.
I cannot say I have not enjoyed myself – in fact, I have loved the discipline, the early to work and early home routine, plenty of time at my disposal etc but in one corner of my mind, I do miss the hustle and bustle of journalistic life.
And, even in Bahrain, where “nothing ever happens”, it’s been a few eventful years that I spent at the now defunct Bahrain Tribune and the Gulf Daily News. Of course, the high point of any journalist’s career are so-called “civil disturbances” when the eyes of the world are on you. And, I was there in the thick of things during those unfortunate events of 2011.
Those days are, thankfully, behind us and Bahrain has moved on, once again, to become a place “where nothing happens.”
That said, the responsibility that comes with my now year-old job as well as the “attention” that I get all the time makes me not miss the days when I was on the job 48 hours a day, 14 days a week, 60 days a month. There was no night, no day, no afternoon naps, no peaceful lunches, no parties, no outings, gatherings or celebrating occasions. Everything hinged on the unexpected – and that could be a car turning turtle somewhere or a fire in someone’s backyard. citizen-journalism
It could also mean being woken up at 3 am by a friendly paramedic who reported a major fire or a co-operative hospital employee who called me on a Friday to say some fishermen rescued from the sea had checked into the emergency Room.
Even now, when I see an “incident” on the road I almost always jump to “cover” it and realise instantly it’s not my job any more. I do alert friends at the newspaper sometimes but mostly look the other way. After all, they also have a job to do – like I did.
Coming back to the present, I am frankly not really liking the sleeping and taking a nap bit when I return from work but try to utilise the time as much as possible to go on picture walks – and work on a book of picture that, I hope, will see light of day soon!
But, yes, I have no regrets, no emotions.
After all, I am here because my new employers needed me – and those at the newspaper did not!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrews Victor says:

    Congratulations on your one year in the new job!
    And many happy clickings!!


  2. Littlesundog says:

    Congratulations, my friend!


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