I’ve been producing a lot of heavy posts lately, so I thought I’d interject here with a short, light review of all the careers I have considered (and some I have embarked on) in the last few years. The ones marked with an asterisk are those that I can see myself still accomplishing. The ones marked with at whatsitcalled (~) indicate a job that I am already doing. 😦 is for stuff that I don’t particularly enjoy. Any combination of indicators may be used for each career.
*T.V. sitcom writer
*~University application consultant
*Social media mogul
*Social media star
*Home reno and decor blogger
*Star of screen and stage
*Supporting role on screen or stage
*Bit parts on screen or stage
*Intern for housewares company
*Medical cannabis review website owner
*Distributor of wide-plank furniture
*~Honey production and distribution manager
*~Medical report writer
*Online retailer of vintage paraphernalia
*Found or secondhand furniture restoration and sale
*Hairstylist for little girls
*Teacher gift buyer and distributor
*Young adult fiction writer
*Children’s book author and illustrator
*Cookbook author (I know I don’t like cooking, but that’s what will make my cookbook so appealing!)
*Author of ADD book
….and that is not all, folks. These are just some of the things that have done, am doing, plan on doing, or hope to do. I’m sure I will remember some more very soon. All of these aspirations are TRUE. No joke, I seriously consider all of these options from time to time. Some career paths I’ve given up on are:
- Academia (because there are no jobs out there and I can’t be bothered with the politics that goes with it)
- Journalist (just not something I’m interested in anymore.)
- Park ranger – but I would encourage my kids to do this in their young-adulthood
- Child prodigy.
Neither of these lists include things I intend to do for leisure or hobby or just plain life maintenance. Things like hanging up all the art we took down from the walls when we painted house, and things like crocheting a Santa hat for my neighbor’s new baby. Things like putting together a photo album from our trip this summer. Things like that.
You know how people with ADD tend to lose focus easily? Well, that’s one of the reasons for the extensiveness of the list. We also have a hard time prioritizing, which makes it worse. Finally, we’re a very optimistic group of people. Some ADD-ers express this optimism in terms of risk—they do extreme sports or drive very fast. My version of it is to imagine myself as being good at many things.
Rationally speaking, I believe that I am capable of doing anything on that list. I think I really would be good at most of those things, if not all of them. I know I am a good actress, because I stole the show in community theatre. I know I am good at writing and teaching because of feedback I’ve received throughout my life. While the possibility exists that I can accomplish ALL of these things, realistically I know that I will probably never become a mechanic, and I might not get to star on screen AND stage. I can, however, picture myself successfully taking on multiple careers—many of them listed here overlap anyway. I see it as kind of a one-man band of jobs which, for a person whose focus naturally shifts like a weather vane, is an ideal solution.
You may call me overconfident or just plain crazy, and I wouldn’t blame you for it if your impression of me was based on this post alone. I understand that you can’t just waltz into Warner Brothers and demand a seat at the writers table. Trust me, I’ve read biographies of many stand-up comics and I know that at this point in my life, I’d never want to go through what some of them went through to get to where they are. I guess that the best way to say this is; I feel like I have the capacity for greatness. Nothing wrong with that.
What is wrong is that, if you read the list again, you may notice a certain pattern –or lack thereof– to the thinking. It’s the river of ideas that my mind follows. The career ideas are rocks that I jump around on, depending on what seems to be the most convenient or interesting at the present time. You know, and I know, and every motivational speaker on Instagram knows that if you want to get somewhere, you need to stay focused on that goal. My problem is that, of the 33 items on this list, I’m actively working on about ten. I have another ten somewhere in my to-do list, and I dream about doing all the rest.
Oh man, did this just turn into another heavy post?