Today, we bring you a story submitted anonymously from the Jubilance Sisterhood about a small personal upside to the COVID-19 quarantine. If you’ve watched “Tiger King” on Netflix, you’ll catch on immediately to the severity of Sally’s (name changed) near-misstep with pursuing a career in wildlife conservation. Enjoy the story, and some great Netflix recommendations for the next week (or month) of your social-distancing life. 

Yes. You read that title right. 

I think everyone has that moment where they are working at their job and they think to themselves, “What am I doing?” 

Listen, my job is great. I’m not complaining but it isn’t what I set out to do with my life. Never in my life would I have thought, “My dream job is to sit in front of a computer screen for eight hours a day.” You don’t realize in school when you are studying film and television that it is going to lead to a job where you sit in front of the computer all day. I thought working for a travel show would let me actually travel the world. It doesn’t. 

Anyway, I was looking for a change. 

Growing up, everyone thought that I would end up as a veterinarian. Literally every time one of my friends sees an animal video they send it to me. Yes, I’m THAT friend. So, of course, looking to switch jobs I thought I might as well look into zoos and animal sanctuaries. 

I started scanning the Internet looking for anything that could be of interest. I quickly found two programs that I could apply to. 

One was an adventure training program where I would learn how to be a safari guide and live with the animals for a year. While this program sounded amazing there were a couple downsides, the biggest one being you had to pay your way through the program. As a poor recent college graduate this was a big turn off. 

The other option was working at The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (you guys might be catching on here) for the social media team. This would have been an amazing opportunity. Not only would I get to work for a conservation effort but I’d also get to interact with the animals directly. I could combine my love for animals with my passion for storytelling through a digital medium. 

I quickly applied to the opportunity eager to make a difference and help animals. That was four weeks ago. 

Before all of the insanity of coronavirus exploded across the globe I had planned a trip to go visit my sister who lived abroad. It was the week before coronavirus had hit New York City and my sister and I were chilling in the alps as I described to my sister my plans to leave my job and work for a conservation group. She, of course, encouraged me to pursue the job. As did the rest of my family. 

It seemed like it was everything I could ever want to do with my career. It was too perfect to say no. 

By the time I got back from my trip New York City was in a state of chaos. We were still going into the office everyday, where we would work with one eye on the news watching as case by case was reported around us. FInally we were closed down and forced to work from home. 

Then, Tiger King dropped on Netflix and became the only topic of conversation for every quarantined household. 

I wasn’t with the times so I will admit I hopped on this series a bit late, but once I started watching the show, and got to episode five, I quickly realized that coronavirus had stopped me from joining a cult… 

If you guys haven’t watched Tiger King yet I highly recommend jumping on the bandwagon and checking the show out. This show contains cults, polygamy, murder, and that isn’t even the wildest part. 

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, with no spoilers, I realized the job I was applying to was with Doc Antle. I had basically signed up for a cult and knowing myself I would have probably committed one hundred percent to this if I had thought that it would help the tigers. AKA yes, I might have gotten that boob job. 

Already watched it? Below is a list of some binge-worthy shows. 

  1. Miracle Workers – TBS 

If you haven’t watched this show already you need to watch it now. Starring Daniel Radcliffe at his peak the first season of this show takes place in an incorporated heaven. Season two, if not more delightful, features the same cast but places them in a day in the life in the Middle Ages. What more could you want? 

  1. The IT Crowd – Netflix 

This show is my favorite go-to comedy when I am doing any errands or cleaning around the house. The writing is absolutely brilliant and as many times as I have watched it, it never fails to make me laugh. 

  1. Outlander – Netflix 

If you are looking for a show to commit to look no further. This period piece has everything you could want – drama, intrigue, a sexy Scotish man. 

  1. Locke and Key – Netflix 

Okay literally everyone in my family makes fun of me for liking this show (which is rude) but I thoroughly enjoyed this show. I sat down and pressed play on the first episode and 

didn’t realize I had gone through four episodes until I looked out the window and realized my limited light I get in my room was now gone (I don’t know about you guys but it is easy to lose sense of the day when your room faces another brick wall). 

  1. Love Island – Hulu 

Okay, I know everyone is talking about ‘Love is Blind’ but guys ‘Love Island’ season six on Hulu was just a delight. I want to preface this by saying before this season I told my friends, “I will never watch Love Island,” but little did I know that I would be tied to a chair and forced to watch the show until I developed an emotional attachment to every contestant. If you have never watched this show I highly recommend checking out this season. The contestants all really like each other and support one another in their endeavors to find love. This isn’t ‘The Bachelor’ where contestants are looking to promote themselves by pretending to fall for someone. These are true genuine connections. 

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As Always, Live Your Life with Jubilance,

Sally M.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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