Today is day 2 of the the #NaBloPoMo15 blog writing challenge! This is way easier than being on Periscope, although over there, my sarcasm shines right on through…hehe
Today’s question is this:
What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger? Do you still feel that way now?
I can’t remember what I thought was the coolest job ever, but I remember everything that I wanted to be. A veterinarian, a marine biologist, a microbiologist, a book editor…and feel free to throw in some illusions of being a teacher, doctor and nurse. When I was in elementary school, we took a field trip to Mississippi State University and I got to pet a cow. This particular cow had a hole in its side so that we could see into its stomach through some sort of plastic/fiberglass window thing. It was the late 80s. I thought that was the coolest thing on the planet!
By way of fate, I actually ended up going to Mississippi State and by that point, wanted to be a marine biologist. I thought that it would be so neat to be in the water, studying the animals. I took a class in marine biology and almost failed it. At the same time, I discovered a dive shop and got certified. I realized that I could be in the water and not have to learn too much about the animals, so I decided I wanted to be a microbiologist (who happened to be a certified scuba diver!)
I studied hard, made it all the way to senior year in college, picked up medical technology as one of my minors and decided during the semester that I was to graduate, that I didn’t want to be stuck inside a lab every day for the rest of my life. I switched majors and graduated a semester later with a degree in General Science.
After graduation, I worked at a hazardous waste disposal facility for 4.5 years. I got a CDL and drove a truck all across the country with, what basically boiled down to, components of potential environmental disaster. I left there and worked at the University of Memphis for 9 years, 11 months and 6 days. I worked as a manager in Environmental Health and Safety, served in several leadership positions for a nationally accredited organization, served on the university’s Crisis Management Team and got a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Emergency Preparedness and Response.
And now I’m trying to make a living by blogging, baking and planning parties.
I’ve had lots of work experiences and have been all over the country learning how to be the best safety professional that I could be. But I realized several years ago, that I was truly unhappy. I didn’t know what to do about it because all I could be concerned with was making money and making sure the bills got paid; my happiness really wasn’t a factor in anything. I put on my granny panties and sucked it up.
I found this image over at QuoteHD and I think that it couldn’t be more appropriate that it was spoken by Confucius; my trip to China was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! And I don’t completely agree with his words, because you will have to work and put the time, energy and effort into what you love, but you will still love it. You will not be angry, anxious or have any regrets about going to do your job each and every day. Don’t be disillusioned that it might get tough, but what you love will always be worth fighting for.
I’m closer to 40 than I’d like to admit and I’m still finding my voice and discovering where I want to be, where I should be. I love making cookies and planning parties. I love building things with my bare hands and power tools. I love teaching taekwondo and training to be a better student. I know that my calling is evangelism and I minister to friends and strangers alike.
I have this magnet on my fridge and it’s one that I read everyday. While I had a great idea of what I should be doing with my life, I know that life evolves and we have to as well. We have to grow, learn and live our lives. Find a job + career that you love and enjoy what you do! The best job is to have one where you’re working with no regrets 🙂
What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing that now?