In celebration of Labo(u)r Day, I thought it might be fun to take a break from issues of weight loss, fitness, and/or maintenance for a minute. But just for a minute.
Last year, after 30 years of working for a living, I entered the world of the unemployed. I was fortunate in that I had ample time to prepare for it and received a nice severance when I left The Company, which has given me time to consider what exactly it is I might want to do for the next 10-15 years of my “career.” I was thinking about the jobs I’ve had through the years. Considering my–ahem!–advanced years, it’s unusual that I’ve only worked for four companies. Three, if you count only the jobs I’ve had as an adult, and one of those three was for only six months.
The first job for which I had income taxes deducted was at my cousin’s ice cream shop. I was 16 years old, and I made $1.60 per hour. And that was as a supervisor. It was for only one summer, and I wish I could say I learned a lot, but I didn’t. I saw it as a paycheck and nothing else. (Ironically, in many respects that’s how I had come to view my last job, too.) I also saw it as a great place to get free ice cream, which resulted in my first significant weight gain. Ugh.
I’ve been thinking about and trying to define my dream job. Something involving road trips and travel would be nice. I love exploring places and meeting new people. Maybe I can explore possibilities as a hotel/motel reviewer. I’ll get started by updating my online travel site reviews of last year’s hotel stays. You never know, some bigwig in the travel industry might be blown away by my observations and thoroughness.
But enough about ME, I want to know about YOU. What was the first “official” job you had? What would be your dream job? Are there any steps you could take to realize it?
It’s back to fun-with-fitness tomorrow!