Dream Job

I have a small mountain of blank journals that I feel the urge to fill. Maybe a dream job for me could be poet laureate.
I have a small mountain of blank journals that I feel the urge to fill. Maybe a dream job for me could be poet laureate.

I see a lot of poll cards on social media like “Salt on Watermelon?”

It got me thinking about memes, the idea of sharing fun stuff about ourselves, and, through my usual long, lengthy, long thought process, about what would be my dream job if I wasn’t a professional photographer. Forgive me if these seem pretentious, but hey, dream job. All these jobs assume I would earn a decent wage…

I could be a tower rigger or antenna guy, both because I have some electronics chops, and I love to climb stuff.
I could be a tower rigger or antenna guy, both because I have some electronics chops, and I love to climb stuff.
  • Desert trail guide
  • Ski instructor
  • Any pilot job, but especially fixed-wing medical aircraft pilot or flight instructor
  • Antenna tower rigger and/or antenna installer
  • Peach grower and seller; orchardist
  • Writer, but only if I am left alone to create my own narratives
  • Travel journalist/blogger
  • Radio announcer/DJ
  • “Actor!” Dan Marsh suggested on the phone, and while the profession of acting is a fascinating career, the truth is that most of us are actors most of the time. But sure, yes, actor.

A young coworker recently asked me if I would retire if I won the lottery. I gave her an unhesitant “yes,” but she was incredulous, since she is just starting her career as a journalist. “I love my job,” I told her, “But I love my wife even more, and if we had the chance to be together all the time, travel, make pictures, fly. Maybe we’d stay here, buy a new RV. Maybe we’d move to Santa Fe or Taos.”

I would love to hear about your dream job… let me know in the comments!

More than once I have entertained the idea of being an orchardist. These are my own peaches, picked just this week.
More than once I have entertained the idea of being an orchardist. These are my own peaches, picked just this week.

2 Comments

  1. “Travel journalist/blogger”

    I think this would be fun, and possibly fulfilling.

    “All these jobs assume I would earn a decent wage…”

    Some of the ones I list *also* assume I would have the talent/ability to be good at them…

    “I would love to hear about your dream job… let me know in the comments!”

    My first question is: Am I starting *now*? (As in 46 years old, two young children, wife, just paid off a mortgage?) Or, does the word “dream” imply the superpowers of dreamworld, where I can be 25 and single again? Because that changes my answers… :-)

    Scientist/researcher. Writer. Musician. Sit-down comic (there’s no need to stand up if one’s jokes are funny). Vigilante. Advice columnist for people who DIDN’T write in asking for advice.

    And, as far as I know, this job doesn’t exist yet, but I think I would be okay at it: “Person you can talk to for a while, if you need someone to talk to, but who isn’t a psychologist, therapist, counselor, minister, etc.” I first thought of this in the late 1990s, when a few different people ended up by chance talking out their problems to me — not expecting any licensed advice, diagnosis, judgment, or anything other than a sympathetic ear. I asked a few clarifying questions, which I think helped them to clarify things in their own minds. I kept their secrets. I didn’t make fun of them when they admitted embarrassing things. I occasionally said platitude-like things like “I think we’ve all been there” or “Woah, dude! You actually said that?” Without exception, these people changed their lives for the better, and I felt pretty good about it too.

    At the time, I wondered if I could somehow turn that into a job. But then I moved out of state, got a job in a Wrangler jeans factory, and mostly forgot about it.

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