For the last couple of months, I have been obsessing about the direction of my career. As I get older, I tend to focus on one subject and completely overanalyze it (example from last summer…soccer).
This personality trait may not be becoming, but it works for me.
I am not sure what brought the career thoughts on; possibly my advancement into middle age, or maybe the fact that I work on a 1 year contract so there is always a little trepidation about being rehired.
At least with a single year contract, I won’t be fired, just not rehired… at least I have that going for me.
Actually, in retrospect I don’t think it is either one of these thoughts that is affecting me. The likeliest answer? It’s winter and I have way too much free time. When it warms up and I have yard work to do, all these thoughts about career and long-term goals will go away.
Who has time to obsess on a career when there are bushes to trim and grass to mow?
But until then, I am focused on coming up with a plan.
As I barrel towards my AARP card, I find myself trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I probably should have put some effort into this long ago, but I have been busy (or lazy).
My present career in education wasn’t the plan. To be honest, I have never had a plan. Not in high school, or college, or my dysfunctional 20’s, or ever.
The only true career goal that I ever had involved playing major league baseball. That was my dream since the first day of Pee Wee League. I was one focused 6 year old.
Things went very well for me during those years. My greatest accomplishment through 8 total years of Pee Wee League and Little League is being part of an undefeated team. We never lost. Ever.
8 years and 8 undefeated seasons. Impressive? Sure. But it was a big shock when we finally lost. I wish someone had told me it was going to happen. Talk about punch in the gut.
I guess I assumed my team would always win. Nope. Just like in life, things have a tendency to even out over the long haul. Case in point, there were some lean years in high school on the baseball team.
So, that was my chosen career path until I was about 17. I would have made it too, if it wasn’t for the fact that I wasn’t anywhere close to good enough.
Where was HGH when I needed it? The last sentence was directed at you, Mr. Roger Clemens.
Back to my career goals. I’ve got nothing. All of this time thinking about it and I still have no idea.
The question is, could it be possible for me to go through life and jump from one job opportunity to another without ever having a plan?
I think goals are in order because I don’t work in the most stable of occupations. School administrators lose jobs, like my daughter loses everything in her black hole of a room (I still can’t find her bed).
As I have thought about my 5 year goals, my assumption is by 2013 I will be piecing together what’s left of a once promising career in school administration.
You ask, what could possibly go so wrong that my career will be in shambles? Hard to tell. I have it narrowed down to 171 possible “incidents”. My hope is that whatever this incident may be, it is huge. So huge, that I will make the front of the local paper.
At the very least, I want to be remembered.
If this “incident” does happen (actually I mean “when it happens”), I am going to need a backup plan.
And I really have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. And even sadder, I am grown up.
So far the only thing that I would truly love to do is be a lottery winner.
Not only a lottery winner, but a winner that wastes every cent in a short time as my life spirals out of control. Then I will get my own documentary on E! or VH1.
So I guess I do have a career plan.
I just need to stay away from those 171 possible “incidents” at school until I buy that winning ticket.
If feels good to finally have a long-term goal. I should have done this years ago.