3 Dream Jobs
I have three dream jobs. I used to think only the middle one was possible (since that was the one I had), but after talking to a colleague I am finding ways to see possibility in all three jobs.
If a wand was waved, and I had an opportunity to have what I really wanted in regards to the areas I would like to be employed, being a regular contributor to a publication, teaching at the school where my kids attend, and lastly, scrubbing in as a surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy would make the top of the list.
1) Be a Contributing Writer for a Publication
I used to think achieving this goal would take years. I thought I was going to need to spend years accumulating information and producing a few clips to be able to apply for a few positions.
One day a podcast changed my life. I was listening to the Do You Even Blog Podcast when I heard about Medium. I had no idea what it was, but the host of the podcast made a convincing argument that it had drastically improved the views on his blog. I thought it was worth checking out. I was so impressed by the variety of articles, and the quality of writing that I thought the site was perfect. I didn’t know exactly how I would use it but decided it was worth it so I could figure out how it fit in my life as I wrote more.
I started out very slowly.
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I was paying for a membership each month, and not sure that I was getting my money’s worth. I only read a handful of articles and wrote a few times a month. I didn’t focus on followers or building a platform until a few months in. Eventually, I read enough articles about how to correctly format pictures, and articles to get going. I made 29 cents one month. I was most excited about the potential in front of me.
I had a chance to be a regular writer for a publication and was living my dream as I could interact with other writers about their writing. It was the dream job I was looking for!
2) Teach at the School where My Kids Attend
I have chosen to work while I raise my kids. This is the best decision for my family and I. And, when I think about a career that allows me to live life according to what is most important to me, being involved with my kids’ schooling is incredibly important. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to see and interact with them regularly throughout the day.
When the days are long, and I feel exhausted, I try and remember that what I am doing is worth it. Worth it, not just for my kids but for so many students.
3) Be a Surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy
At first, I thought this dream was ridiculous. I love watching the show and am on season eleven. Something is intriguing about the doctors and professionals on this set. If I could go back and start all over again as I left high school, I might just go into medicine. I know that there are drawbacks in any profession, but for some reason, the field of medicine has always seemed like an impressive area to focus on.
Clearly I am not a surgeon, nor an actor. When I voiced my dream, a dream that felt pretty much impossible out loud, a colleague of mine suggested that I look online to see if there is an opportunity to be an extra for a future filming of the show.
Shifting my perspective gave me new thoughts on what is possible.
What if I could be an extra on another medical show? What if I could connect with the writer of Grey’s Anatomy, and see if I have any options to connect my dream to reality.
These dreams are figuroutable. I realize that if my kids had aspirations to become something I would help brainstorm ideas on how to make their dreams a reality.
No matter how absurd the dream might seem, If I thought that they had passion for it, I would help contribute to the research involved in making it a reality.
Sometimes support looks like giving information, other times it looks like helping another person change perspective when considering an idea.
Anything is possible. It is just not possible to do everything at the same time.