Waiting. I am often amazed at how much energy waiting requires. Have you noticed that? It can be like a full-time job. And yet, no matter how much waiting you do, you have nothing to show for it. Still, it is exhausting.
I find myself in full wait mode.
In the summer of 2014, I began a Master’s degree in accounting in order to make a career change. I finished it in the spring of 2017. My sigh of relief was short-lived. It had been my intention to specialize in tax accounting, and to that end, I have been striving to become an enrolled agent, which requires passing three tests.
So what is an enrolled agent?
Per the IRS website:
- “An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns, or through experience as a former IRS employee. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years.”
I have passed one of the three tests, but have tests two and three scheduled in less than one week and less than two weeks respectively. If I pass them both, my goal will be met. Yay!
Except for the couple of hours of studying I do daily, I find myself unable to focus on anything. I can’t create jewelry; I can’t reorganize my desk or closets. Netflix doesn’t hold my attention. And this isn’t the blog post I had hoped to write, but it is what is in my brain.
And so I am waiting for test day. Excited that my long journey is about at an end; worried that I won’t pass. Waiting.
Did I mention that I’m waiting?