It’s maybe a bit ironic that today’s topic is “Dream Job,” since many people probably think I already have it. As an author, I make my own hours. I take vacation whenever I want. I can work in my pajamas if I want to (although I rarely do), and I make a decent living doing it. What could be better than that?
If you’d asked me back in 2010 or 2011, I would have told you yes, I’d found my dream job. Now, I’m less sure. Although it’s undoubtedly the perfect job for some people, I’m not sure I’m all that suited to it. Hence, my current hiatus.
But I don’t want this post to go winding down the “poor me” path, so I’ll just go with the spirit of the topic: what would I consider a “dream job” for me?
Used Bookstore Owner
I’m sure this wouldn’t be nearly as fun as I imagine it. My guess is that most bookstores these days are barely staying in the black. Plus, it means dealing with the public, and the public can be stupid. In fact, last time I was in my local used bookstore, a lady came in and said, “Hi. I’m looking for a book. I don’t know the title, but the cover is blue, and the author’s name is kind of weird and has a U in it.”
It was all I could do to keep a straight face.
The really crazy thing is that the shop owner knew which book she was talking about!
As a teenager, I worked at a record store, so I know I can be perfectly happy just sorting and alphabetizing things I love. Getting to spend every day surrounded by books sounds like heaven. (Which is probably why I keep buying more of them even though I’m out of room!)
Long-Snapper in the NFL
This is a position that’s rarely talked about. Now, any on-field position in the NFL is clearly outside the realm of possibility for me since I’m female, in my forties, and mostly a couch potato. Regardless, here’s the skinny on the long-snapper:
- It’s a specific skill set that few other NFL hopefuls bother to learn, meaning it’s easier to make the team. Also, as long as you don’t screw up, you have decent job security.
- The long-snapper only plays a few downs per game and has a pretty low probability of getting hurt.
- They don’t make billions of dollars, but they at least make the league minimum, which is damn good by most standards.
- They get the best seat in the house for every single game.
Sign me up, coach! I’m ready to play.
Food Network Star
I don’t necessarily want to be a “star,” but I’d absolutely LOVE to be one of those people who gets paid to travel around the country, eating awesome food. The stars of shows like Food Porn, or Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, might have the best damn job in the whole world.
See, here’s the thing: I really like to eat. I mean, I fucking LOVE food. My husband is one of those guys who’d be happy enough eating hamburgers or pulled pork sandwiches seven days a week, but not me. I just love trying out new restaurants and new recipes. (The caveat is, it’d have to be one of the shows where they get to eat GOOD food, NOT one like Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman.)
What’s Your Dream Job?
Your turn! Tell me in the comments what your dream job would be.