I started reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think this week and it’s fascinating. I’d highly recommend it so far.
There’s a big chapter about how one of the best things you can do is get in a job you really enjoy so that you don’t spend 40-50 hours of your week doing something you wish you weren’t doing.
One of the things she suggests is making a list of 100 Dreams you have in your life, from the wildly improbable (one of hers is to write a fiction series that makes Harry Potter look like small potatoes) to the very doable (keep a stash of chocolate on hand, visit the bakery next to your office, etc). The idea is that you can start with some of the very easy ones and get a taste for doing things you love and also figure out what things you like in theory but actually aren’t very fun for you (this is sewing anything above a hem for me – I love the idea of sewing, but I find actually sewing one of the most frustrating things I can do with my free time).
Bart and I were discussing all of this the other night, and we started talking about dream jobs and what your dream job would be if there were no limits (say, you wanted to be an astronaut who walks on the moon, despite the fact that 1) you have no science background or aptitude and 2) NASA doesn’t even do moon landings anymore).
I think my dream job would be to work as the creative director for the food section of a big magazine. I think I’d love working with food on a constant basis, testing recipes, learning more about styling and photography, and getting to work with a team of people who are really into food too. I’d like it to be a magazine that focuses on real and interesting food, like Martha Stewart or Everyday Food or Real Simple. I’m not very interested in semi-homemade items or things to be dashed together at the last second.
I love books, but I mainly like to read them for fun and then talk about them in a pretty casual way. I don’t want to professionally review books, I don’t want to edit books, I don’t want to write books.
When I was a librarian, I realized that I don’t particularly enjoy teaching (some school librarian jobs are more teaching than others – I had one that was extremely heavy on the teaching side), I’m not great with kids, and I really didn’t like that I was the only person in my entire school that did my job. I envied the teachers who had the other teachers of their grade to work closely with on a daily basis. The best days of the year for me were when we had district meetings and I got to spend time with the other librarians from the district.
I hear fairly frequently that a school librarian is someone’s dream job and I think. . .”It was fun enough, but it turned out not to be my dream job. I’m not at all anxious to go back.”
I do have an Internet friend who does collection development (children/YA) for a big library system. She picks what books they’ll order (hello, reading a lot and also reading a lot of professional reviews, which is one of my favorite things to do). She works with the librarians at other branches to help them build their collections and weed old books. She doesn’t work much with patrons at all.
When she told me about her job, I thought, “Now THAT could be my dream job.”
But maybe I’d do that and find all sorts of things about it that I didn’t enjoy either.
I’m now tempted to ask everyone I know what they think their dream job would be. Because I’m too introverted to go around asking nosy questions in real life, I’ll just ask you lovely non-scary readers from the safety of my computer desk – what job do you think would be the absolute most fun in the world?