I caught up with some girlfriends over brunch recently. During the two hour food fest, one posed the question: If you could do anything, without having to worry about money for the rest of your life, what would it be? Here were all the responses (one I’m a little fuzzy on the exact answer):
- Do something art-related. Run a gallery.
- Coach a sports team. Or own a professional sports team.
- Do something with horses.
- Travel the world and help people.
- Write and tell people what to do.
Below are the current labels/job titles associated with each person:
- Specialist I
- Specialist II
- Specialist III
- Laid Off
These are slightly more descriptive titles to what everyone is actually doing:
- Project Manager
- Finance Manager
- Operations Manager
- Volunteer, Writer, Random Experimenter
- Writer, Marketer
Upon hearing person 4′s response, person 3 stated that that answer was more in alignment with what she wanted to do. I enjoyed the wide range of responses. Surprised by some. Definitely learned more about each person, including myself. Who am I? Person 4. When person 5 spoke, I noticed that I hadn’t mentioned anything about writing in my one line summary. Something to chew on. Maybe I see writing naturally integrated into travel and helping people. Person 1, 2 & 3′s current jobs seem far away from where they wanted to be but their personal activities are probably more in alignment.
I feel a bit far off from where I want to be too.
We’re all at different distances (perceived and real) from what we’re doing now and what we’d like to be doing. The question is what steps, if any, are we taking to get there? What can we be doing, if anything, to encourage others to get to where they want to be? And conversely, to what extent are we discouraging ourselves and/or others?