I sat and thought about this for awhile and I couldn't pinpoint one particular career path.
Being that there are SEVERAL things I want to do, I know one thing I do not, and that is work NINE TO FIVE. I am currently living that life and it is not for me. I don’t know if I could take another 10 years of living for the weekend. What kind of life is that? One that I do not want! Below is a picture that I look at that keeps me focus on the ultimate goals:
Ever since I was little I knew that I would eventually own some sort of business. My maternal grandmother owned her own nightclub. She drilled in me two things: 1) Have my own money and 2) Purchase property. That has stuck in me. Now I have no plans to own a club, but in the next 3-5 years I do plan to have some sort of business venture as well as invest in real estate with the plan of using the property as rental income. Do I know what type of business I want to have? Umm… Sort of, still toying with several ideas.
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist.
I feel that I resisted going down this path since the end of my freshman year of college. Nevertheless I felt that I needed to go through and experience all that I did in order to be a sufficient counselor. While determining what my purpose in life is and the positive experiences I am having (in counseling), in some way I feel the need to pay it forward. While pursuing my previous career path, I now know that there was no “passion” for it. Merely that it “looked” good and I like feeling that I wouldn't be average. Smh….. I look back on that time and view it as my body having a negative reaction to the path that I was going on. The side effects of it were depression and weight gain. Now that I have an idea of what I want and to know that I have a passion for it, everything is clearer now.
My reason for being a professor is somewhat similar to wanting to be a counselor/therapist. One is that I can do both at the same time and they have flexible hours. Next I love the idea of being paid to think, write and discuss an area that I have a passion in. Being that I love anything reading, writing, researching and can tie all that in to social issues is wonderful. However most importantly, just like with being a therapist, I like the idea of nurturing clients/students and watching them take hold of their confidence and grow with it. I see myself as MelissaHarris Perry without the TV show (have no desire to be on television).
When I was little I use to create my own books and magazines. I would sit there and “create” articles that interest me and make my mom and grandmother read them. As I got older I put the dream aside because like everything else, there were no writers around me so I believed that it was something that “other” people do; not some girl from “some town” Louisiana. Being that I never told anyone of my love of writing and never pursued or worked on it, I told myself that I should give up on it because, “you are no good at it anyway” (see how the mind works and play tricks on you??). Now that I am actively working on it, I would love to one day be an author of fiction as well as nonfiction.
What about you? Do you have a dream job?
TOMORROW: How important you think education is....