Saturday, November 5, 2011


A friend asked me last night, "if money were no object, what would be your dream job?"

Have you pondered this question lately?  I mean, as an adult with an established life? 

I think the last time I spent thinking about this question was when I was in college trying to decide my major.  (By the way, I decided my major based on foreign language requirements.  GREAT thinking on my part)  But, with her question, that's all I've been able to think about this morning.

When I was young, I wanted to be a Broadway singer.  I just  knew it was going to happen.  I think I believed this well into college.  I sincerely thought I could support myself through music.  But, obviously that didn't happen.  Part of it was lack of effort, part having a family, part getting comfortable in the secure life I was building. 

So, it's been a long while since I've really pondered this.  What do I want to be when I grow up? 

I think I'd like to make a difference somewhere.  That's all I've got.
Oh, I'd love to work with animals, or the elderly. 
I'd love to work with Project Innocence.
I'd also love to open a bar with Steven and live above it.  We would have a cozy little place and enjoy all our regulars. 
I'd also love to work as a bank teller again, I loved that job.  Balance at the end of the day, and that's it.  Nice and neat.
Dog walker?  Forensic psychologist?  Author?
Bump on a log?

I'm 48 years old and still trying to figure out my niche in the world. 

If money were no object, what would YOU be doing?


Grandma K said...

Easy - I would have been a full time mother. As it was, I had to miss everything my kids did at school. I was with my OWN students then.

sherri s. said...

I'd say work with animals, but I couldn't do rescue--too heartbreaking (I tried and I was emotionally devastated). Travel writer? Couldn't leave my husband all those times. In all honesty, I'd love to have a tiny little farm, but talk about living on the edge (and no animals would ever die on MY farm--ha!)

I guess at this point in my life, I'd like to have a cool nursery/garden shop OR a sweet little bakery. Neither of those are going to happen, so they really ARE dreams! Thanks for a thoughtful post!

word: suckine (!!)

She invented a new kind of lollipop: not a sucker, which is round, but a suckine, which is, um, um (what's not dirty?!)--in the shape of, um, a pine! (argh)

Colleen said...

I have been thinking about this most of the day and am no further along than when I read it early this am. It would have to be something creative. Either draw again or something with food. The problem is when you do something you love for a living you don't always wind up loving it.
Sherri, I am sorry doing rescue didn't work for you. I have been doing Golden rescue now for over ten years and yes there have been heartbreaks but there have been way more rewards along the way.