Boy was I wrong.
Like most students, I did the summer jobs, the internships, and job shadows, always thinking that I would be inspired to become something like the people I was being mentored by. While these experiences were interesting, I can honestly say that I was hardly inspired by the 9-5ers, the corner office holders, or the suit and tie wearers, I can say that what I learned most from these experiences was what I didn't want to be.
Finding a career must be like picking a husband...at least that's what my current conclusion is. You date all these boys/men making a mental list of the attributes and weird habits that you don't like, before you settle for someone that has non of those. Of course, there is always a few things that might irk you now and then, like setting dirty clothes on the hamper instead of lifting the lid and placing the item inside, but we love them besides those little irks. A career must be the same, right? Nothing in life can be perfect. I can't expect to be best friends with everyone at work, and there's always going to be the office gossiper. But I'll learn to deal with that, just like I deal with the hamper issue. (Love you babe!)
So that brings me to the question: am I being too picky? or am I dating a career that I really can't stand? Just like some relationships drag on and on, even when you both know the relationship isn't marriage material, can a job drag on and on too? Maybe it's the paycheck, or the fact that I can bring my dog to work that makes me want to stay. But let's be honest here:
I'm not happy to be sitting at this desk, I don't have any friends here. And I definitely look forward to leaving everyday.
When does it get to the point where I've had enough? When do I put my foot down and say NO MORE? It's like you know the break up talk is going to come, you just don't know when. I've read about people who have come to that point in their careers, they've said NO MORE to the office, and have made the leap into something else. I admire the courage those folks have. And many of them have become very successful doing what makes them happy. That's awesome. I want that. But the question that looms before me still is: what DOES make me happy? What am I willing to ditch a steady pay check for? Like I mentioned before, the list of things that I don't like is miles longer than the list of things that I do like. So if I quit my job today, what am I willing to spend my time doing tomorrow? (Obviously by "spend my time" I mean what kind of job/work will make me happy?)
When does being happy out weigh a decent paycheck?
Not that we're planning on having kids anytime soon, but when we do, it would be so amazing to be able to stay at home with them, and work from home. That's a big factor to me, and it's high on the list of things that I do like. But doing what, I don't know. I can continue to teach my workout classes, but I can't make a living doing that, no one can teach 8 hours a day without dying. But I suppose the big question is: how much longer do I put up with this crappy job before I can start pouring my time into making my life part of my career? (versus having a career be your life...if that makes sense). I've been making baby steps, like opening the Etsy shop, and learning to sew better, those haven't proven to be career worthy steps, but I've got to start somewhere.
What's a job where you can bake cookies, eat, sew, shop, sleep, read, and go on long walks that pays, ohhh 50K??
Leave a comment, I could use a little stimulating conversation :)