A while back I read on Ryane's blog where she'd considered what (else) she'd like to be when she grows up. I thought that was a fun exercise in thought, so I've been thinking about it too. When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer, forcing my identical twin babysitters and sister to "play" court. The case usually revolved around a dog bite, and I used photographs of our dogs as exhibits. When I was older and in middle school my dad would call me if an interesting case was going on, and he'd pick me up on his lunch break and take me back to watch. About that same time I started devouring Scott Turow and John Grisham books, but in high school I put the thought of being a lawyer out of my mind--in part because I found out how much college and law school cost and I found out what my parents earned. Funny how things work out.
1. A Professor at a Liberal Arts College: I would LOVE doing this. I really enjoyed being a teaching assistant in college and spent more time in one professor's office than with my peers. But the PhD route is just too long. And at the end of the very long tunnel, there may not even be a job. And if there is, it might be in New England and pay $35k, which would be tough with (more) student loans. But all of that aside, it'd be a blast to teach interdisciplinary classes like "Man's Inhumanity to Man" and engage in thought-provoking dialogue on a regular basis. Plus I could wear jeans to work.
2. Stay at Home Mom: This is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world, but it's hard for me to think of many jobs that are more important and that would be as rewarding. I'm guessing I'd need to get married and have children for this one to work out:)
3. Travel Writer: Getting paid to travel sounds wonderful; I wouldn't even mind writing for Lonely Planet or some budget guide since I usually "rough it" abroad anyway.
4. Restaurant Critic: As much as I love to eat, this would be a great fit. Or I could take Billy's advice and just evaluate bakeries; I'm pretty good at eating sweets after all.
5. Trust Fund Recipient: Ok, this isn't a job per se, but someone sort of has to do it, right? I'd love to just volunteer and not be tied to any one job--maybe working part time at different jobs. Each of my jobs has satisfied part of me, like teaching gave me a creative outlet and made me feel like I was doing something important; the law challenges me intellectually sometimes; being a nanny provided a lot of free time; and so on.
So what do you want to be when you grow up?