What do I want to be when I grow up?
That’s a tricky question, since, in real life, I have grown up. I’ve got an advanced degree, a senior level job, a spouse, a child, and some grey hair and wrinkles. That’s grown-up, in most circles.
And it’s true. I am older, and have more physical limitations, and less flexibility in attitudes and preferences than I did as a kid.
But I still like to think that I have a choice. That I could change my career and grow up to be something different. Not a bureaucrat in the computer business, but something…else.
I have thought about it. I’ve thought about going to law school, becoming a lawyer, helping companies create practical contracts. I’ve thought about going to seminary, becoming a deacon, helping others find the faith that has grounded my life. I’ve thought about learning a new technology, starting a company, and giving something new to the world.
But none of those things would really work. I’d still have work-life balance problems. Probably worse than what I have now. If I want a new life, I need to do it without changing my job.
Wherever you go, there you are. That’s the key. If I want a new life, I have to change my self. That’s no easy task. But this is a new year, and there’s no better time to do it. Time to take stock, figure out what I want that new life to have – and not have, and then make a plan to make that happen.