Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dream Job(s).

There was a part of me that hoped that donning a cap and gown at my college graduation would magically mean an end (or at least a diminishment) to my confusion over what I wanted to do with my life thereafter. For as long as I can remember, I've had many, many ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up, and these ideas changed often. In fact, they still do, and I suspect (and hope!) that they'll keep changing as I get older. I wrote about this, and the notion of dream jobs in general, in this week's Equals Record post, which you can find here.


An excerpt from the new post: "At various times [in my life], I've considered being an actress, interior designer, photographer, stylist, screenwriter. For a brief period of time, I even dreamt of joining a circus. (Don’t laugh.) Of course, it’s perfectly normal when you’re a kid to daydream about the future, to change your mind about these things on a daily – or hourly – basisIs there a point, though, when it stops being okay? When is it no longer acceptable not to have a clue about what you’d like to be when you grow up?"

Read the rest at the Equals Record, here. Thanks so much for your support!

10 comments:

Nicole said...

Congratulations! And I couldn't agree more. Sometimes I think it's good to have no clue what you want to be when you grow up. It keeps you on your toes and striving for that next thing, ya know?!

Kristina said...

That's interesting. I used to have the same dilemma- and it rears its head every once in awhile whenever I'm having a hard time at work.

What helped was someone telling me that I don't really have to choose one over the other careers. A person can change career paths or take up multiple hobbies and turn them into careers over time. The problem is then choosing which point to start from. I see that most of the interests listed are somewhat related to each other- all having to do with aesthetics and self-expression. I hope you find everything you wish for.

Best of luck,
Kristina

hannah margaret said...

The precise words have come out of my mouth, into my journal at least once a week. I am a rising senior, and I feel as though I can conquer the world and drown in it all at the same time. I look forward to reading your article on Equals.

I am thrilled to find your blog (via Cup of Jo). Such a pleasure to read.

rachelthat said...

I love this post. I could completely relate. I too have aspirations of joining the circus. I even signed up for the Circus de Soleil career newsletter. I have one year left of college and on the path to become a scientist. My list of dream jobs includes being a spy, national geographic explorer, and Molecular Gastronomist.

angela said...

I think that trying new things and staying open is what keeps people young. It is always good to have hobbies and interests, and you never know when those can turn into a career!

~ Dellah ~ said...

Oh Shoko I can totally relate! As a kid I wanted to be a magazine writer, in high school I didn't have a clue. In college I printed out the requirements to be a federal agent and might have actually pursued it after I graduated with a degree in forensic psychology but started a family instead.
4 years ago I went back to graduate school for Elementary education, while juggling a full time job as a pre-k teacher with one class to go till I graduate IN SPR 13'. Now In the last 2 years, I had another baby, started a blog and work part time as an event coordinator at 30yrs. young.
I feel that as long as you can support yourself and/or a family financially while discovering who you truly are it's ok. I don't believe in choosing a major in college and being locked into it because our ideas on life change as we grow, and by exploring opportunities we figure out who we are truly meant to become. Even if it means being the girl on the flying trapeze! You should take a class.. lol.

Ana said...

I guess we all feel like that at some point. And it's a good thing. We are too young to make life decisions such as this one.

Kerri Lynne said...

Awww you're adorable! I think it's perfectly fine to still be clueless. Every daydream of the perfect job inches you closer and closer to where you'll actually end up. When I wanted to be an interior decorator, I started blogging all the time. Then I realized, maybe it's the writing I'm drawn to? I flip flop all the time but I'm starting to accept that as just part of the journey :)

Shoko said...

Thanks, everyone!

Kristina, thank you! And that's so true - career paths can change at any time. I think being open to that as we get older is so important.

Hannah, thank you so much! I'm thrilled and so very flattered that you like it!

Rachel, I can think of nothing cooler than a spy-National Geographic explorer-molecular gastronomist. Go for it! :)

Dellah, I agree - you said that so eloquently! And yes, someday I'd love to take a trapeze class!

Jennifer Young said...

these posts are quickly becoming my faves. :)

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