This week has been frustrating for several reasons. I am struggling to get traction with non-profits who don't seem to know what to do with my skills, and unfortunately, I still don't know enough to offer. I have offered my services to several people locally, and I don't seem to get much in the way of feedback. Part of that is they are overworked and underfunded, and part of that is my own lack of knowledge.
Second, my work on the arts board has been frustrating for reasons I think my father would appreciate. After years of community organizing, he often talked about the difficulties of getting volunteers organized and moving. I am working with a committee of really good people who are really busy and who often, actually usually, don't even respond to my emails. Again, for most of them, I get that, but I had a pretty terse interaction with one other board member who pushed me into this particular role, but now can't find time to even email me back. I think I figured out how to mollify him, but even that email went unacknowledged.
But the cherry on the top started with another recurring dream about my former profession. That was followed by several people posting this story about the American Historical Association's grant to broaden career options for history Phds. I suspect this is a good thing, mind you, as the numbers continue to show that my experience is far from unique and is closer to the norm. But I found it incredibly frustrating to see this link coming from tenured or tenure track faculty friends. I know they thought they were being helpful, but they weren't. And they couldn't even see it. I posted a friendly warning that I would be snarky to those with jobs posting something like this, and the only ones who "liked" the post were those who are outside tenure. I suspect those inside were a bit taken back and didn't know how to take it. As I said, this project is probably positive and even helpful. But when someone inside posts it, it comes across as "let them eat cake." "Oh good, there is help for those."
Personally, I can do without the condescending paternalism from people who are convinced they are simply better than those of us who didn't make it inside. Spare me.