Last week I was interviewing for an editorial position and the owner of the company was asking me a set of questions: standard questions, much like you would have during any job interview. At one point he asked, "What would you be doing if you could be doing anything that you wanted?" And I was pleased to be able to finally answer, "Exactly what I am doing now."
I hadn´t thought of that question in a while. Probably since I started teaching way back when. But during my teaching career I quickly realized that while some people were born teachers-they loved it and did the job well-I was not. I didn´t hate it, but it wasn´t what I had always wanted to do.
I had always wanted to write, from the time that I was five and I wrote little short stories that I sold around my neighborhood for a quarter. I wrote all throughout school and then when I was in college I wrote for the newspaper and studied journalism.
Along the way, I was told, "You won´t make any money writing. Find something to do that will make you money and write on the side."
Teaching seemed the perfect settlement. I could work part of the year, have part of it off, and write in the interim. But I didn´t actually follow that path when I graduated with my teaching degree and for ten years I put down the pen and I taught. I missed writing, but I didn´t pursue it until I stepped out of the teaching profession and began staying at home.
The point of my post is to question yourself: What would I be doing if I could be doing anything that I wanted? Skip the, "Resting on a beach in the tropics with a book in hand," answer (because, yes, that is my first answer!) and focus on your career. If you could be anything when you grow up what would you be?
Once, years ago, I read a letter to Dear Abby. The woman writing was older and she said In four years I will be this age. How can I go back to college and be this age in four years, just graduating with a new degree? Dear Abby said, What age will you be in four years if you do not return to school?
So think about that. If you want to make a career change, you can. Take baby steps. Where do you want to be in a year? Write a plan for getting there. Don´t quit your day job, because you need money if you want to return to school, start a business, or switch careers, but start taking small steps so that you can get to that career change in the future. You´re going to get to the future regardless, so why don´t you wind up there in a happy career position? Take a class, do some volunteer work in a field of interest, or see if you can take a part time job working for a company that does what you would eventually like to do.
Baby Steps, just like our little ones.
Happy Tuesday Mommies!