Living & Working in Great Places
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A few years ago, I was working in the kitchen of the cafeteria here at GCSR. I would come in early and help the breakfast cook prep everything he needed for the day and do his back-up. And I did that on my own time...which means I went into the cafeteria a few hours early every morning WITHOUT getting paid. It was sooo early that no manager was around to stop me from working off-the-clock.
I had even written a blog on another site about it...stating that it didn't matter what your job was or what you got paid...but that if you didn't like the job enough to do it for free, then you were in the wrong job.
So just imagine for a moment: if money was no object, then what activity would you do to fill your week. If experience or educational criteria presented no problem and you get any job you wanted...
What would that job be? Now some of us have a 'dream job' list on our profile page.
When we were little kids, we were all probably asked by someone..."what do you want to be when you grow up?" I wonder, out of all the kids asked that question...how many actually become whatever their answer was? For the kids who never even got close to their childhood 'dream job'...I wonder WHY NOT? What stopped them?
As a kid I wanted to be a pediatric nurse, a teacher, an airline stewardess...and yes a clown in the circus. As a grown-up, I have been a nurse's assistant, a substitute teacher, and I have probably traveled around this country on planes & greyhound buses more then anyone I knew as a young kid. The desire to be a clown really isn't in me anymore. But growing up in a dysfunctional abusive family...clowns meant laughter and laughter meant happiness. Who wouldn't want to grow up and just be happy? You see; during my childhood being 100% totally happy sounded almost as impossible as a job at the Grand Canyon woulda been. :)
Now quite a few of us here on CW, have listed a dream job on our profile pages. Some have said "any job in a certain location" ,but others were a bit more specific with job titles: painter, actor, writer, music, photographer, accountant, truck driver, restaurant owner, and lets not forget being a park ranger :)
Now there must of been a reason we chose whatever jobs we did...we all get excited & interested in different stuff. Things that we look forward to doing on vacation time...but why do we have to wait for a paid vacation time to do what gets us excited???
It's time to turn your dream into a goal...if you're not actually working toward the goal, then it will just stay a daydream. Do you have it in you to turn that daydream into a real goal?
If you were to ask me today what I want to be when I grow up...I would tell you a photographer & writer that gets paid enough to travel all around being my own boss. But is that a goal or just a daydream? Well at the moment I work in a cafeteria; I 'used to' write poetry and started a novel that never got finished. I like taking pictures but have never been paid for any photo. So you tell me.