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Livejournal's question of the week: Are you happy at your current job? Do you think there's such a thing as a dream job? What do you hope to be doing five or ten years from now? Are you working towards that goal?

Contrary to how I behave at times - I love my job. I love working in a museum, I adore working with animals, and I feel privileged to work with the people that I do. I would never - I mean NEVER - have thought that I would ever move down to New Orleans. I still find myself astounded that I live here. Yet I think that it was a good move at the right time for me. In this economy I feel lucky to have a job - let alone a job in my particularly small field. I do wish I got paid enough to pay all my bills and put a little aside for recreation but that (hopefully) will come in time.

I don't plan on leaving in the foreseeable future ... but I don't rule anything out (remember what I thought about my even being here?). I am just going to let this path take me wherever I need to go. I hope there is more adventure in store for me ... as much as I consider myself someone who stays loyal to jobs until forced into a change I can't help but hope that something will come up. I already miss traveling. I really want to leave the country for a spell in the near future. I dream of dropping everything and getting a job in some remote research station in Africa but two things stop me: I don't really have any skill set that could get me a job there and, as much as I yearn for adventure, I need stability and the idea of leaving all professional safety nets behind me freaks me out. So there isn't any location that could shock me more in the next 5 or ten years (except maybe New York ... *shudder*).

My dream job would be where someone pays me to go out and travel from one exotic location to another. I suppose I would like to be a writer or reviewer of travel agencies and locations ... but for that to be possible I would have to have some aptitude with the written language. Unfortunately my biggest skills during school fell in math ... and I didn't even have the fortitude to pursue that for long.

As for goals ... well I am just trying to learn to be happy in the moment. My plans never pan out so I might as well enjoy the ride and pursue as many side trips as possible. I do have a few things I would like to make happen but I hesitate to make them goals because I don't like looking at anything as a failure. Even when nothing turns out the way I expect I don't want to be unhappy with it - I simply want to embrace it and find the joy in the moment. For example, I would have thought you crazy if you told me ten years ago that I wouldn't be a professor at an NC university but rather working as a manager at a bug museum in New Orleans ... but I am loving it and that is all that matters!

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

~ William Allen White ~


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Oct. 9th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Wise decision--good for you!
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