Friday, April 06, 2007

Generate A Little Insight

This year, Passover and Easter fall at the same time. It is a time of renewal. A time of contemplation and reflection. We can look back and be nostalgic, or we can look forward and plan. Many of us would like to look forward, but have the problem of knowing what we are going to do. Some have had a career and are looking for a second one, others are looking for their first career.

For example, Allan used to work and then he retired. Now, as far as I am concerned, he's a photographer. One day, they will be sending him checks for his work.

Yesterday, Matt wrote a story about his career temping in Baltimore until he found his true career in writing. By the way, I believe it was Crankster that first explained Matt to me. He said something like, "Think about James Joyce." That was enough for me. I'm going to have to make a pilgrimage to Virginia sometime soon to meet the Crankster, but that's a different story.

In the meantime, so many people are having so much trouble finding a career that they'd like to be doing. Work is important. We spend the majority of our lives doing it, we identify with it, we take pride in our accomplishments, our contribution to the society in which we live. So many of us have succeeded so well at what we have done with our lives that I ask the following questions, and give the weekend for you to answer. Please take the time to contribute.

The question is: How did you decide what you wanted to do for a living? And how did you get into it?


Matt said...


I was just reflecting on this subject today. For the past several years, I've been thinking of law school but, you know, it just ain't my style.

Recently, however, I won an interview for something that IS up my alley: senior public relations manager for a group representing... oh, yes.... the wine and spirits industry.

Now that's one conference I'd be looking forward to.

Anyway, happy Passover and Easter. I'll be in Brooklyn celebrating both.


Deb said...

Legal assistant here. I fell into my job, stumbled onto an attorney (not literally) who was willing to give me a chance to learn. I love it and can't see myself doing anything else (at least not right now).

I have, in the past, been a barber, a beekeeper and an administrative assistant, among a few other odds and end positions.

Happy Easter/Passover to you and your family, as well.

Claudia said...

I'm still waiting to make a living.... :) but living well in the meantime.

WanderingGirl said...

I had 3 knee surgeries before I was 18. Hello world of physical therapy! I thought it was pretty cool and spent time through out high school and college volunteering in various clinics. 6 years into my chosen profession, I can honestly say that there is NOTHING else I want to do. Okay, not nothing... if I ever give this gig up I want to be a makeup artist or a long distance truck driver. True story.

mist1 said...

Do I have to decide right now?

Echomouse said...

Much like Deb, I found a law firm who believed me when I said "I can do it!" at 21 years old and so became a Legal Assistant. That work allowed me to save for college, where I chose to study business and finance. I decided on this because law school was too expensive, and I was good at math (or so all the men in my life kept telling me). I was actually better in English and since everyone came to me with their problems, probably should have become a psychologist. Anyway, I did the finance thing for years until a rare disorder took my health. Now, I'm hoping to work again one day and this time, I want to work with children who have been through trauma. As soon as I heard about it and then read up on it, it felt like I was home. So now, I just have to get healthy enough to be able to do it, even if only part-time.

I do have to say, the law and finance experience have remained invaluable in my life, for me and anyone who knows me. I would like to do Estates again in a law firm as I did love it. I just didn't like the pressures to keep the time down on client files. I did a lot of hours for free and never told the firm. Clients deserved it.

Lee said...

Gee is there a deadline? I think I might be in trouble.

Pickled Olives said...

I fell into everything I've done and have been able to succeed (my definition, not the world at larges) at everything I've done. But, as I do not support the family on my current income, I'm not sure I can answer the question. But I can answer about finding my passion. I finally (3 years ago) realized what I truely want to do and that is handcraft wood furniture. I finally (several months ago) found a master carpenter to allow me to apprentice with him. One day I might actually produce a piece of real beauty with my very own hands. Until then, I'll keep learning.

rebecca said...

retired, sort of. just taking a year off. still don't know what i want to be when i grow up.

i know it has to be creative in some way. i just don't know yet.

Glamourpuss said...

I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. I just do what looks like a good idea at the time.