Article by Wendy McCance
When I was a kid, I was often asked what will you be when you grow up. It was such an enormous question. I had so many things I wanted to do. I mean, how do you narrow all of your interests down to one choice? How do you go about picking a career when you have no experience to base your decision on? I honestly thought the question was pretty short-sighted.
As I got older, I defied the norms and decided I would do everything I wanted to do. My theory was you only get one life so why would you pigeonhole yourself into a corner? Live a full and satisfying life that will give you some terrific stories, fond memories and the ability to look back on your life and feel that it was a life well lived.
I remember trying to explain my view to several adults and I always got the same response, go to college, get a good paying job and work your way up the ladder. That’s what they knew, what comforted them at night and what they felt was the responsible thing to do.
I spent many years feeling like a rebel, but not in a good way. I would berate myself for having so much trouble conforming to the traditional ideal of what adulthood should look like. Along the way, I had some of the best damn experiences of my life. I wouldn’t trade a thing. I just wish I had felt better about myself while I did things my way.
I now realize that I was lucky. I faced the fear of not doing things the way “I was supposed” to do them and followed my heart. I see how society has changed and I feel that I am in some ways ahead of the curve. I mean, where are the opportunities now? Where is the certainty that you can grow with a company? Where is the pension, the health benefits, the cushy corner office at the end of your journey?
Nowadays kids are strapped with huge college loans, fighting for jobs that have no security. Forget the family friendly 9 - 5 hours, 5 days a week. You will work when a company says jump and you will have to decide if you are devoted to the office or the family because, although you can have both, you can’t enjoy both. The company will become your life, you have signed over your life to them. Please sign here in blood and pray for a decent income to support that family you will never see.
Then, there are the misfits. I am a misfit who dared to enjoy my life and pick and choose what I would do based on what interested me. Who can say that anymore? Find a job you love? Why that’s just irresponsible. You are supposed to find the job that pays well and pray you can tolerate the work.
So, over the years I have touched on some fabulous jobs. I have learned a lifetime of interesting things because I have been all over the map. I loved the years I sold wine and spirits. The job even won me a trip to Italy to spend a week meeting some top-notch wine makers and touring all over the country all expenses paid. I worked at a truck plant for several years and worked my ass off. I learned what inner and outer strength I posses. The craziest most unbelievable stories that can be told came from my years working in that factory.
I was an interior designer, bartender, real estate agent, medical lab tech, beer account manager and more. Now with a slew of stories and a full background, it makes sense that I am writing. Hell, writing web content for a variety of companies is simple with my background.
As I get older, I continue to search out new experiences. The difference now is that I love writing more than anything I have ever done. This is the career I was meant to do. I can say this with certainty because I have had enough experiences in my life to know for sure that this is it.
I do know that the one piece that is missing from that perfect fit is the amount of music I am touching on. I have always been pulled towards music. If I had any ability to sing, I would have certainly been in a band. It would have been my ultimate dream. Sadly for me, there is no way to practice and perfect a singing voice. It’s either there or not. I don’t have it and feel uncomfortable even singing happy birthday on those special occasions.
In 2014 I had some fabulous times interviewing some amazing musicians and songwriters. I realized that songwriting would be the perfect thing to pursue. I mean, what a blast to mix my two favorite things, writing and music and blend them. This will be my year to touch on those musical aspirations. I know just by putting my thoughts out into the atmosphere, some amazing things will soon be coming my way. Stay tuned. I’ll let you know. 🙂
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