January 15, 2008

on careers and packing...

I have to say, I'm so not a career person.

It doesn't appeal to me whatsoever. You won't see me working for the man until I'm in my mid-late fifties. Ew.

I think that the only type of career that appeals to me at all would be something that I could conceivably do from home. Photography, some sort of crafty goodness, freelance writing, graphic design. I don't know why, but I've just never been career minded. It's odd. (Or maybe it's just the world around me that makes me think that it's odd.) I guess it's just that the things that I look most forward to, really have nothing to do with a college degree or making a six-figure salary every year. I look most forward to creating a family with my husband, being a mother, making a home life like the one I was blessed with while growing up, seeing more of the world, finding new crafts that I enjoy, and so on and so forth.

I sometimes wish I could be more driven to get that degree. To get that job I've dreamed of for so long. (If only I had one.) But, son of a bee sting. It's just not me.

Even in my day-to-day job now, there are days where I find myself just getting by. Most days, lately. I'm lucky to have a job like I do, and I'm sure that not many people genuinely look forward to going to work 40 hours a week, but I've felt my distraction more lately. I realize that I just can't do this for the next five...ten...who-knows-how-many-more years. It's not in me.

And I think that's okay.

It's been on my mind alot lately, for some reason. I wish that the hubs and I could be the type of people who just quit our jobs and decide to travel the world like vagabonds for a year. Live a little. But, alas, we are responsible and it's not that easy. Who would pay our rent? Where would all our stuff go? Would there be Target stores along the way? Would I still be able to get my hair highlighted every few months, or would that overstep the boundaries of being a vagabond?

Yeah. I'm thinking that plan isn't going to pan out.

In other news, I began packing today. And I don't think I fully realized until this morning just what an undertaking this is. (If you don't believe me, I'm going to take a photo of our closet. And you will weep tears of sheer overwelmedness - don't tell me that's not a word.) Still, I'm glad to get the chance to sort through everything. Organization = happy, happy me. I will be able to purge the apartment of all the crappity crap we've acquired in the last two years. (Which is more than I'd like to admit.)

Now I'll just have to see about that U-Haul that we're thinking about renting. Now THAT is going to be an experience.


  1. I think thats totally OK to not need to that to be "you", not everyone is that type of person and you shouldn't NEED a career to be happy.

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  3. Unfortunatly it is society that makes us feel"odd".They funny thing is they are the "odd" one because it is in a woman's nature to long to have children, and a family life.

  4. Its funny how I sit here at a job I hate, google "Not a career person" and your blog comes up. I totally agree with you, I am the same way. The people at my work make me feel like I don't fit in because I want to get married and have a beautiful family someday. I am 22 years old, have a college degree in business, and do not plan on doing this the rest of my life.

    I am dating a painter (house)/firefighter and he isn't the big career type either. Sometimes I feel people look down upon us, but all we want is to live comfortably and have a beautiful family someday.

    I think our society's values need to go back to what they use to be--family and hard work. Unfortunately, there is so much pressure to be career oriented people...but just know, I feel the same way you do, and I have the college degree.


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