This week’s Tuesday10 theme is Professions I Wish I Had. Being a SAHM this is something I actually think about often. If I wasn’t doing this wonderful, amazing, mothering thing, what would I be doing with my life? Surely I’d have some traditional type job in which I am compensated for my time and energy with something other than sticky kisses and manic hugs.
- When I was a tween I saw Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter is Dead and I desperately wanted to be a fashion designer and marry Josh Charles. I loved the idea of having a job that was fun and creative and totally ignored the fact that I cannot draw or sew and I’m not really super fashionable.
- In high school Under 21 clubs were all the rage and I believe for a couple of weeks I decided I was going to open a night club, probably prompted by that Full House episode when Uncle Jessie opens a family friendly night club and Stephanie has a hard time dating. I’m so glad I never did this because the idea of being in the same room with a bunch of teenagers high on energy drinks and newly discovered hormones listening to awful music sounds, well, awful. Just because I did all those things myself at their age, does not mean that I want to do them again.
- In college I worked at an independent bookstore where I met my husband. The store was run by a husband and wife duo that I idolized. I decided that what I desperately wanted more than anything was to open my own bookstore someday. Possibly a coffee shop / bookstore (before that became trendy) or maybe a coffee shop with a lending library. These ideas still sound sort of fun to me except the owning and being entirely responsible for part – but I often think about getting a job at a used book store someday and if coffee is involved I’ll be one happy camper.
- I also worked for the school paper in college and for a couple of years it seemed very likely that I would become a journalist of some kind, either working for a daily paper or perhaps a cool magazine. I seemed to burn out on the whole journalism thing before I even graduated though and the idea of starting from the ground up at a paper now sounds awful – I was the managing editor when I graduated, so going to get a job writing obituaries or reporting town meetings just does not really hold much appeal anymore – not to mention the constant deadlines in the world of journalism – doesn’t really mesh very well with my parenting style.
- My grandmother thinks I should be a teacher and while I do sometimes think it would be fun to teach creative writing or perhaps become an elementary school teacher or a crazy college professor and wear tweed jackets… I am not the most patient person out there and I’m not sure if I have the personality traits that make a great teacher. That said, I am a giant nerd and making a curriculum and designing bulletin boards and decorating the classroom… that all sounds weirdly fun to me.
- I love to read. Like a lot. And I often think that I would love to be paid to read – to perhaps become an editor at a publishing company or that person who reads the book and decides if it should be published. If this opportunity ever arose, I think I’d snatch it up in an instant. Hopefully I’d enjoy it and not come to loathe reading because I have to do it.
- I also often like to call myself a writer and talk about how I’m writing a novel or I write poetry or maybe someday I’ll turn my blog into a memoir or something. People would totally pay to read this in book form, right???
- My husband thinks that I should try writing children’s books because apparently my improv bedtime story telling skills are some kind of amazing, or he’s really sweet and supportive. I have thought about doing this but have found that writing children’s books is actually really hard and you’d think it wouldn’t be – but then I look at the amazing children’s books out there and then the plethora of okay children’s books and I worry about which side of the line I’d find myself on…
- Sometimes I take pictures of flowers or babies and think I should become a professional photographer. Then I try to remember what aperture is again and how to adjust white balance and where should I stand when the sun is bright again? And oh my god, I’d have to deal with taxes and figuring out what to charge people and buy fancy equipment and ohmygodIjustwanttotakeapictureofflowersleavemealone!!!!
- So where does that leave me today? If I weren’t a SAHM and I could have any job I wanted, what would I do? I honestly have no idea. A lot of those ideas up there ^ sound pretty sweet but it would honestly depend on the time commitment, salary, location, etc. because even if I’m not staying at home with the kids, being a mother will always be the most important job for me.
What about you? What jobs did you dream about having when you were a kid? A young adult? Today?