Dead Not Yet was supposed to be Not Dead Yet. Between the time of checking the url’s availability and selecting it – it was gone. Story of my life. Somewhere between finishing school and this blog, a large part of my life – like the url I wanted – was just … gone!
Where once I felt that I was cool, hip, and the centre of not just my universe, but everyone else’s too, I was now starting to feel irrelevant. Of course, my 15-year-old son has been dropping hints that I wasn’t nearly as cool as I thought for quite some time now. kids will keep you honest.
Over the past decade I’ve gone through two downsizings and left one company for what I thought would be a better opportunity that only wound up being a disaster. After each “exit” I found myself in an economy that was a little worse than the last time and where employment was scarce to non-existent.
My name is Suzanne Schofield and I’m DNY. I am a marketing communications professional (albeit an unemployed one in a vast sea of unemployed marketing communications professionals). This is a second career for me. Previously I was a working actress and model – more on that in subsequent posts. Knock on wood, I’ve got more than a few more years left and a lot to contribute. So what does an unemployed marketing communications professional (former actress/model) do in a sour economy? Among other things, she starts her own blog…of course. I’d been thinking about this blog for a while and then I came across Stephanie Dolgoff’s book My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches from Just the Other Side of Young and realized I wasn’t alone. Dolgoff has also got her own blog at http://www.formerlyhot.com/ - check it out.
So back to the url dilemma. If I couldn’t have Not Dead Yet what about if I put a little Yoda-esque spin on it? I thought what about Dead Not Yet – nah, that’s kinda reaching. But I said it again; and then again; and found I actually liked the sound of it better than the original.
So there you have it. Dead Not Yet is born – an oxymoron?
Dead Not Yet is intended to be a resistance movement of sorts. Resisting irrelevance, that is – about facing our challenges and finding the courage to laugh at ourselves. I want to look at things we took for granted in our “younger years” that have now become a challenge – everything from “putting on eye makeup when you can’t see so well anymore” – to being the recipient of… “thank you for coming in for the interview but you’re not quite the right fit.” It’s predominantly a female point of view — it has to be, I’m female. Dead Not Yet is meant to resonate with women – whatever your age, because you’re all going to arrive here sooner or later. And, not to neglect you men out there, you may actually find this blog gives you a glimpse into the lives of some of the women you care about.
In any case, if you’re listening – Hey! Dead Not Yet over here – how about you?