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Renewing your reasons for working - Aisha I. Jefferson

This weekend I was reminded of what a privilege (and a headache) it is to have to sit down in front of my computer once a week to write this column.

Well, I can't say that my reminder of privilege was based solely on writing this column, but it did help me better understand some of my motivation for coming to work. (Yes, paying bills is a motivating factor)

I attended the National Association of Black Journalists 30th Annual Convention, and might I say it was quite refreshing.

This was not the first time I've attended one of NABJ's conventions, but it was the first time I walked away with an understanding of why I chose to pursue this career while in high school and in undergrad.

Not only was the convention informative, and provided another social outlet that allowed me to hob-knob with colleagues, it also provided a renewed interest in my career.

The truth is that we all can get stuck in the day-to-day hassles of our career. For me, my day sometimes boils down to occasionally chasing down sources and actually writing my stories.

No matter how exciting a story may be there are times where things become a bit routine, especially on slow news days. (But we all know there is no such thing as that, is it? )

But this weekend, I found that I was not the only one who in my field who may struggle with this.

Believe it or not, all journalists are not news hounds who don't care about people's feelings or will step all over people just to get closer to their dream of reporting for the New York Times or Washington Post. They all are not people who live off of the misfortunes and pain of others. Many journalists like to consider themselves and strive to be the voice, eyes and ears of the people.

Remembering that helped me recall why I want to do this and serves as a support when things may get overwhelming.

That is why I think being in an environment where we can look at our lives is vital.

It is important for us to remember why we get up every morning and do the jobs that we do. Some times some of us have outgrown our chosen fields. And for those who have, I say they should continue to look deeper and find happiness doing something else. After all, we probably spend more time around our coworkers throughout the weekday than we do our families. For me, I learned to keep focus on my goals and challenge myself more.

Aisha I. Jefferson covers police and courts for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at ajefferson@henryherald.com .