This whole "pick a career" topic has been something that's been on my mind for years and years and years... mostly I was met with compromise as I didn't properly seek out something that made my heart sing!
I definitely feel it's important to love what I do (be obsessed about it [in a good way]) and my newest job seems to fit many of my most important needs beautifully.
I deliver flowers.
Not what I'd have predicted for a career choice way back in high school... and especially unlikely after 2 college diplomas...
But I absolutely LOVE this job... for many reasons:
- I earn cash (and get paid quite decently)
- I start each day at 1pm (which fits my lifestyle great considering my brain seems to wake up after midnight) and usually only work 5 or 6 hours
- I choose my route creatively... (and stop and play a round of disc golf whenever I'm beside a course)
- It's results-oriented... as long as people get their flowers, everyone's happy
- I get instant feedback from customers (in the form of cash tips occasionally... but often a fun experience of some kind)
- I deliver all over the lower mainland in British Columbia (a place I just moved to a year and a half ago, which is a paradise to explore!)
- I'm met with smiling faces all day long (no one seems to give flowers to @ssholes fortunately )
- I love driving!
- and maybe most importantly... my mind is free to think about whatever I want... so I download music, audiobooks, seminars, etc to my mp3 player and learn as I earn each day!
I've delivered a few other things in college... pizzas, chicken wings/ribs, booze... it's nice not to have food stinking up the car! Delivering alcohol is a great gig for a couple reasons: drunk people tip more! and it's a great reminder not to become like them (especially the "regulars"... who never tip anyways because they "can't afford to" - nice eh?)
I'd never work as a cab driver... hate the idea of sitting around doing nothing (aka waiting for a customer), and also hate the idea of having people in the car sidetracking all my productive thinking time.
The next evolution in jobs will entail creating some time freedom... I wish driving around didn't take up quite so much time (especially since I just became a dad on Valentine's Day last week!!). I'm trying to come up with a business model that's internet-based and automated... more as a safety net than anything - so that if I choose to work I can, and if not I can do whatever. I like the idea of earning Cdn or US $$$ but spending it somewhere tropical that happens to be cheap to live in the Winter! (feel free to speak to me about any collaborations if you're in harmony with what I'm saying here)
Reading these posts is definitely like being with family...
As my education has developed its own curriculum I find that it all leads back to learning about "me"... getting to know myself better. Everything else seems to stem from that initial understanding. It seems like something I'd know intimately well and yet the more I learn, the more my ignorance is exposed. lol