Did you guys know what you wanted to be when you grew up?
I didn’t for a long time. I went through phases: President of the United States (when I was 6), missionary (when I was 10– not even kidding), teacher (when I was 14), nurse (when I was 18), and then in college I just sort of gave up trying to find that thing, because none of those things were really what I wanted.
Do you sense a theme, though?
Yep, I’m definitely a Caregiver. My ArchetypeMe profile quiz says I’m 31% Caregiver, 28% Intellectual, and 21% Creative. (In case you missed my last ArchetypeMe post, ArchetypeMe is a new website that is redefining “personal” search by helping you curate, express, and discover differently, through the filter of archetypes.) So I was on the right track with the missionary/teacher/nurse thing (and maybe even President of the United States, because when I was 6 I just thought you got to, like, give cookies to the whole country if you were President), but I hadn’t hit on the thing that made me feel fulfilled in all the different areas of my personality.
I got my English lit degree, mostly because that was the subject I loved most and I was under pressure to pick a major. And then I went into administrative work, where I stayed for many years, sort of branching out from time to time into customer support, or marketing, or accounting. It was fun, but not really fulfilling.
And during all that time when I’d been picking a major and sort of blindly stumbling through my administrative career, I’d been blogging. I was in love with blogging. I’d always loved writing, and I was pursuing a writing career on the side, too, but blogging gave me the instant gratification that I didn’t get from writing novels or essays or short stories. Those things fulfilled the intellectual and creative parts of me, and my caregiver side got to jump in with volunteer work in my different writing and creative organizations.
Then, suddenly, at 31 (this past summer), I found myself for the first time in my adult life without gainful employment. All that was left was my blog and my not-quite-off-the-ground writing career.
In a miracle of perfect timing, good luck, and (hey, let’s be honest) some skill on my part, the blog took off at just the right time and I found myself, finally, in a place where I felt really happy, challenged, and fulfilled in my career.
I’m still working on getting some more Caregiver in here (and stay tuned for an announcement on that in coming weeks), but for the first time in my life, what I’m doing every day gives me all of the good feels. And I am all about the good feels.
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