With Meaning, Purpose and Intention

Blog Challenge Day 7: What is your Dream Job?

This prompt, like so many of the others, ought to elicit a rapid response and yet I’m floundering for a solid answer. The Job of My Dreams has changed ten times over with the passage of time. When I was four, I wanted to be a nurse. When I was eight, I dreamed of designing one of the most popular clothing lines and hosting my own show at fashion week, when I was ten I decided to be a psychiatrist, when I was thirteen I returned to nursing; when I was sixteen, anthropology seemed like the perfect career choice. Nowadays, my focus falls on the realm of international development, but for most of my college career I couldn’t decide which field within development called to me the most. Lately, with my rediscovery of feminism , I feel called towards Women Empowerment.  I’m exceedingly disturbed by the gender discrimination globally, the fact that there are — at any given moment — 100 million missing women in the world, or the fact that in developing countries (like El Salvador) the court of law sees no distinction between Prohibited Abortion and Natural Miscarriage, etc. I want to be an advocate for marginalized populations, I want to help these women and girls gain respect and power within their own communities.

I want to enact a change in the world.

I crave a career path with meaning.

But that doesn’t really help me define my exact Dream Job.

I like to think that this is really just fine, I won’t know where, exactly, I should work or what I should do until I dive in and find out where, exactly, my natural gifts fit. But I suppose, for the sake of answering the prompt succinctly, I can give you a short list of qualities that I believe my ideal position would entail.

  1. An objective which contributes to the well-being, even an enhancement in the quality of life possessed by marginalized communities.
  2. Responsibilities which require me to step away from my desk rather than chaining myself to it.
  3. Assignments and tasks which will consistently challenge me to grow as an individual and expand my perspective.

Because it’s never enough to simply live: You have to live with regard for the rest of humanity. You must contribute to the betterment of this increasingly global society which we find ourselves affixed to. You must at least try to do something remarkable with the life you have freely been granted.

An Introduction

It’s been about three months since I created this blog and I found myself putting off uploading any content because I just couldn’t guarantee that I could stay consistent. Meanwhile, I discover all these amazing bloggers who posted weekly or even (gasp) twice a week and I read their seemingly insightful expressions and wistfully dream of becoming an eloquent, aesthetic comrade. I’d like to stop dreaming — it’s time to begin doing.

But then I sit down and realize that I don’t even know where to begin. If my life were a movie, you- my audience- would be dropped smack dab in the middle and that hardly seems fair (nor does it encourage continued readership if I only inspire confusion) so an introduction is in order.

I’m 22, female, living in the bible belt, currently residing in the house where I spent my childhood (but hoping to move out in the next month) with my dog, Sammy (aka Samster, Sam-a-lam, Sam, Sweetie, I-Can’t-Believe-You-Peed-On-My-Stuff-You-Jerk, etc.), my mother and my step-father. I have one sister who is married to a pretty decent guy, and a dad. I have more “best friends” than I believe you’re technically allowed, but they’re all brilliant people so I’m not making any cuts and if I get married with the biggest wedding party ever seen then I win. Life’s a competition, right?

I graduated with a double major in French and Global Studies back in May (2013) and I’m still looking for a job (shocker, I know). Fortunately, I still have my part time waitressing job from college. Unfortunately, my lack of office experience renders me ineligible for most entry-level jobs (enter frustrated expletive here). Oh, also I have no idea what I want to do with my life, so I guess that’s a problem.

Every article I’ve seen about creating a successful blog (about.com has some really fantastic advice on this) says that you should list goals for what you want your blog to be, so here’s mine: I want to catalogue my life as an unemployed recent college graduate, I want to talk about the things that I love, like, appreciate and detest, I want to be persistent, I want to connect with others.

Challenge Accepted.

— Laura

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