How to Talk Yourself Out of Any Career Path
As a writer, it's important to carve out time for your craft, and this includes eliminating any distractions that might come in the form of a job that you hold for more than two years—three years max, especially if you're a millennial.
Any time I get a new career inspiration, I find someone in that field to pay me while I talk myself out of it.
For example, after graduating college I thought being a scientist would be lucrative. Little did I know that lab rats require you to suffer from a host of issues, including but not limited to low self esteem, impossible grant deadlines, and animal rights activists. Goodbye, curing cancer, and hello, food service!
As a waitress, I received my best introduction to the insanity of humanity, which would surely help me achieve better communication skills. Plus, I could maybe understand how families manage full-time work and parenthood, another one of my life dreams. Instead, this only served to convince me of my right NOT to procreate. Who needs kids when someone else can pay you next to nothing to listen to them whine and complain all day (or night, if you’re lucky)? Smiling not included.
After that stint in the servitude industry, which practically had me campaigning for more mindful politicians, I tried my hand at teaching yoga. Surely this would be my path to financial freedom and social acceptance, allowing me to finally focus on my writing. Alas, eight days in, I sprained my low back demonstrating a variation of crow pose, and that was the end of that.
Want more inspiration for your next career path? Try doing literally anything other than writing, and you will always come back to it as your next step. Talk to you soon!
Simone de Bloomfield