Friday, April 9, 2010
Career Options...do we have a choice?
Did you know that this is "Explore Your Career Options" week? At least, it is according to THIS WEBSITE. So this got me thinking. We all have a choice as to what career or profession we decide to pursue. But as writers, do we really have a choice?
I know I felt the call to write at a very young age. The first "real" story I remember writing was when I was in 6th grade. It was called, "The Summer I went to Honolulu" and my teacher encouraged me to enter it in a local contest, which I never did, because I didn't finish it in time. I always wonder if I would have placed... but, I digress. I can't go back, so I'll never know.
At some point around that time, I decided I loved to write. I penned hundreds of poems (some dreadful, some not so bad!). Writing my feelings in my diary was very therapeutic for me, too, especially as I muddled through the junior high years and my parents' divorce. I couldn't get my thoughts out fast enough. My pencil became an extension of my hand. When I was writing, I was "me." There was nothing I was more comfortable doing, and nothing I'd rather do. If I wasn't writing, I was reading. But the two go hand in hand, don't they?
But, back then, writing was not something I ever considered making a career out of. Maybe because it didn't seem "doable" or maybe because I didn't know how to go about pursuing it. So I considered other options. Like becoming a hair dresser. Even signed up for cosmetology school, only to pull out at the last minute (my mom lost a few hundred dollars because of that decision - sorry, Mom!).
After working at various jobs over the years, I have to say I am glad I finally pulled my head out and went back to my first love. The job that isn't really a job because I adore it so much. The career I believe God placed inside of me from birth. If I had to choose a career other than writing, I'd say I would become a psychologist. The human psyche fascinates me and I love to explore our motivations, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Which really comes in handy when writing a novel!
So here's a Q4U: What would you be if you weren't a writer?