How Long is Your Cool List?

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Article by Wendy McCance

I believe that in life, you can see how well you are living your life and how much you have challenged yourself by putting together a cool list. What is a cool list you ask? A cool list is a list of all the cool things you have ever done. You know, those things that excite you to talk about, have tested your abilities, have helped you to overcome fears or make dreams come true. A cool list is something everyone should create on occasion to check how well you are taking care to take care of yourself well.

Just out of high school I had so many things I wanted to explore. I just couldn’t settle on one particular thing. I wanted to do it all and I was frustrated when teachers and parents and friends and schools all used the same mantra. What do you want to be when you grow up? Pick something. PICK ONE THING TO DO FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!! Yeah, I don’t think so. What about growth and change and new interests and living an extraordinary life and I’m supposed to pick just ONE thing? I just couldn’t.

So, I bucked the system and chose to do as many things as I wanted. I wanted to experience everything that interested me and so I set out to do just that.

I tried different hobbies and I had many jobs and I would have turned more of those hobbies into paying jobs if I had the experience to do so. I had this way of trying to kill two birds with one stone. If I found something I enjoyed, wouldn’t it be spectacular if I could make money to do what I loved? I found ways to accomplish this inventive way of thinking quite often and with a great deal of success. It is true that if you do what you love the money will follow!

So I turned a love for beautiful furniture and decorating into a job working as an interior designer. I turned a passion for real estate into becoming a real estate agent, I turned a love for wine into a job selling wine and spirits to on-premise accounts, I turned writing into a freelance writing business and so on.

Of course some things never made it to job status. I loved flying and was learning to fly a Cessna, but finances prevented me from completing my time up in the sky so I never became a pilot.

Currently I am learning how to be a songwriter. Fingers crossed down the road an income might come from this new venture, but even if no money shows up, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

So, my question to you is what does your cool list look like? Are you satisfied with what you’ve accomplished or do you have some work to do?

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing or social media assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: mccance.wendy@gmail.com

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7 thoughts on “How Long is Your Cool List?

  1. Wow that is very cool Wendy.

    I felt exactly the same when leaving high school – I wanted to do lots of different jobs and as I already had a love of acting and performing, from a very young age, I have eventually turned that into a living, of sorts.

    Of course, actors also have to do other things to make money so I have worked as a secretary, worked in travel, worked as a theatre publicist and temped in all sorts of places. I also sold wine (which I loved) and I too love to write (always have) and have my little blog, and would love more readers too stop by and take a look.

    If money should come along as a result of that in the future it would be an added bonus.

    As I have just returned from a 6 week cruise with my husband (yes, he insisted upon it being that long) and I have returned to doing some boring admin work in between acting work, I think this is the perfect time for writing my ‘cool’ list.

    • So happy you stopped by. Your comment sounds so much like me. I bet you have some terrific stories from all the different jobs you have had over the years. By the way, if you would like to leave another comment to promote your blog I’d be all for it. Just leave a link, the name of your blog and what it’s about and hopefully I can help you drum up some additional traffic. Thanks again for commenting!

      • Hi Wendy,
        Thanks so much for your kind and prompt reply. I have been following your blog for several years now and am often overwhelmed at a) the amount of posts you write and b) some of the sad but inspiring content of them.

        I also read a lot of information, from time to time, about how to increase traffic to blog sites, SEOs, key words, and all that type of stuff that makes my eyes go crossed. I find some of the information out there irrelevant to me because I am not trying to convert hits into sales; I am writing for the love of it, to tell my stories, entertain, and maybe, just maybe someone will say “hey, this is the type of woman I’d like to employ for this purpose”, or some such nonsense I have convinced myself of.

        If nothing else though, I am leaving a legacy of my stories for my daughter and her future generations to read, now that letter writing is a thing of the past (much to my chagrin).

        The facebook page for my blog reads the following which pretty much sums it up:
        An Australian girl travelling the real and virtual globe, little by little. I love cruising, exploring and writing about it all. Join me.

        And here is the link to my blog, if anyone would like to take a look:

        https://lifeincamelot.wordpress.com/

        Thank you very much.

        • Thanks so much for adding your blog link. I hope you get a ton of traffic and some offers for work. Wow, Australia. It’s amazing how far reaching this blog really goes. Thanks so much for your kind words and I have to say I was touched and a bit amazed that you have read this blog for so long. Thrilled to connect!! I understand completely writing as a form of leaving something behind for the family. I think about my children reading these posts often as I write something new. What a great legacy to leave behind for your family. Take care.

  2. I still have some work to do. I always tell my kids that what you choose to do now doesn’t mean you are stuck with it for life! I am thrilled that they enjoy hobbies that could be turned into income if they so desire.

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