If you could see me now, dear readers, you could be forgiven for thinking I resembled a Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat who starred in Alice In Wonderland. The cat with the stupidly large smile. That's me folks!
I haven't bizarrely turned into a cat over night, or jumped into the television screen and joined Disney land, but I do have a smile on my face which would make the Cheshire Cat green with envy.
I have been smiling this gigantic smile since I received a certain telephone call. I was sitting on the train at the time, and after receiving my news I placed my mobile in my bag and smiled at the commuters.
They didn't smile back. What did I expect? There is a distinct lack of happiness on trains. Passengers can look thoroughly miserable, let alone crack a smile. I received blank expressions. But it was fine, I just carried on smiling regardless.
I disembarked the train at my stop and smiled at the crowd on the platform, the impatient crowd who were waiting to board the train. Again I did not receive any return smiles, I was eyed with great suspicion for being so happy. Never mind.
I whistled to myself and exited the train station, still smiling. I entered the nearest shop and bought myself a magazine, I bought my mother the biggest bar of chocolate I could find, and I bought my father a bottle of red wine. I made polite conversation with the sales assistant, still smiling, and I actually received a ghost of a smile back.
I walked along the street, smiling at young children, adults and dogs. I grinned at the flowers, the trees and the blue sky above. To the passing stranger I may have looked a tad mad, they may have thought I was away with the fairies, or the lights were on but nobody was home. I didn't care if I looked slightly unbalanced in the sanity stakes. I was happy. I was smiling.
And do you know why I was happy? Have you worked out the reason behind the smile?
I have a job! Not the job I applied for at the trendy publishers with the unfriendly people, it's better than that. I attended another interview on Wednesday, I was asked back for a second interview on Friday, and while I was travelling home on the train I was offered the job! That is why I resemble the Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland. That is why I am smiling.
9th March is my starting date. It's an engineering publishing company and I shall be a production controller for various technical magazines. And I'm pretty happy about it. I shall be back in the working world. With a regular pay packet and responsibilities. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and facing new challenges.
I have a new job. And a rather large smile on my face.