Thursday, April 28, 2011

Living the Dream

This is the next post, in what I hope to be many as part of a blog project I am doing with three other ladies. At the end of my post I will give you the links so that you can check out what they have to say on our topic. Who knows, maybe you will find something else you like.

Today's topic is what is your dream job?  I have not had a "real" job in almost 9 years.  July 1st will be my 9 year anniversary of retirement from the working world.  Sure I have done odd jobs here and there.  I have picked up extra cash babysitting, writing columns for various publications, creating marketing programs for non-profits, to name a few.  Not one of my odd jobs has ever netted me much money.  I look at them as a way to provide a few extra's for the family, but not a way to actually help us pay bills.  That responsibility rests totally on Bob.  I am thankful that he makes enough money for me to be "retired."

The thought of going back to the working world makes me sort of sick to my stomach.  Recently I have been volunteering with Sam's soccer club.  I have been lending my marketing expertise to helping them market their tryouts.  The politics and people management that this has required has caused me to be a bit stressed out.  I know, stress out over a volunteer position.  I finally got so fed up with it all I quit.  The powers that be weren't real happy about that, and everyone stopped bugging me.  They asked me to stay, and since they aren't bugging me, it is all good.

That was an eye opener, I do not know if I really could return to an actual job where I have to work with actual people.  When I think about my dream job, it usually involves traveling to remote tropical islands and sending in stories about the local culture.  Of course, with no deadlines, critism, or responsibility.  A job like that sounds great.  You pay me to travel all over with my kids, but don't expect anything in return, and we will be good.  Hey, the topic was dream job right?

The issue is that my dream job is so outside of the space where real people live that it is laughable.  I mean really, no one gets paid to do fun stuff and not have any responsibility.

I have talked about what I will do once the kids are all in school full time, but the reality is that what I really want to do is go to lunch, volunteer with the soccer club and generally keep doing what I am doing.  It isn't ambitious or require the level of education I have.  While what I do doesn't pay very well, it is the longest I have ever stayed at one job.  I think that says something. 

Maybe I am already living the dream?  I just wish it paid better.

If you want to see what the other ladies have to say about this, then check them out, Momarock, Froggie and Merrylandgirl.

1 comment:

  1. As long as you love what you're doing, that's important too.