Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fun Monday

I am going to try a little something new to shake me into submission this summer. I have decided to participate in Fun Mondays!!! Yippeeee!!!! This is a group of bloggers who comment on the same subject each Monday and then post. And, I’m told it is in fact very FUN. No misnomer here. Plus I thought it would give me the focus I have been lacking and maybe swing a few new readers my way each week. I have read thru some of the posts from the others bloggers and boy, are they a talented bunch. I hope I can meet the bar. Our delightful host can be found at http://irishcoffeehouse.blogspot.com/

Here is the topic: Careers- Then and Now

THEN: As a child day dreaming of what your future would hold for you, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you ever pursue or achieve it?

NOW: If you could be trained and placed in any career beginning tomorrow, what would it be?

The beauty about a child dreaming of what they will be when they grow up is that anything is possible in that dream. There is no talent, education or motivation involved. It is simply a fantasy. And, there is no one in that fantasy telling the child that she “can’t” do something. It is sad that as adults, we sometimes forget to day dream and tend to believe someone when they tell us we can’t do something.

When I was a child, I grew up dreaming that I would sell college textbooks. OK, not really. I don’t think that anyone ever dreams of being a salesperson. But, sales does suite my personality and my competitive nature. Have any of you ever watched the show Friends? I’m guessing a couple of you have. Mr. Big Momma always refers to me as “Monica” because I am super duper competitive. He also makes fun of me because I frequently say “super duper.” What can I say, once a dork, always a dork. Which leads me to the first part of this challenge. I think like most children, I dreamt of being many things. Doctor by day, dancer, singer, professional tennis player/professional swimmer, college professor, Peace Corp volunteer by night. I have always liked singing, but those who have witnessed my karaoke stylings would tell you (and they are right) that I am a terrible singer. I like to think that what I lack in talent, I make up for in enthusiasm. I remember when the movie “Annie” came out. Tracy, one of my long term childhood friends (she has been, since high school referred to as “The evil Tracy B.”, but that is another story.) and I bought the soundtrack and we would practice our vocals. We dreamed of being picked for the next Broadway running of Annie. One day I bravely stood in front of my mother and let “The sun will come out tomorrow…” rip. If memory serves me correct, she laughed at me. Now don’t go thinking what a bad mother you must have had. My mother was outstanding and always supported what we wanted to do. I think the she laughed because I really thought that the tunage that was coming out of my mouth sounded good. The next Broadway singing sensation I was not. But, I have to brag that my karaoke version of “Baby’s Got Back” always rocks the house. A true crowd pleaser!

Looking back on my childhood, it isn’t really all that surprising that I ended up in sales. I got my first taste of babysitting, and making money when I was 13. After I secured my first regular gig, I literally pimped myself out to our neighborhood. I made fliers touting my skills and hand delivered them to anyone with children. I took babysitting classes and first aid classes in order to expand my business. I remember seeing dollar signs when a new development sprung up next to the one I lived in. If another girl had a regular gig, I would worm my way in and do my best to make the children and their parents NEED me to be their regular babysitter. After all, I was the best. I needed to be the best. If there was a fundraiser at school or Girl Scouts (mmmm, Thin Mints), I ran home from school, changed out of my uniform and immediately hit the pavement to peddle my goods. It was key for me to beat the other kids to our customers. I frequently fantasized about being the Top Seller. Not much has changed in all of these years.

The two things that I never dreamed about becoming were a wife and a mother. Thankfully for me, both happened. The kid kinda just happened. And not in the way you might first think. No random sex and broken condoms here! I didn’t go the traditional route to have children. Ten years ago, I married a man who already had a child. I haven’t looked back since. Sometimes you get what you need, without knowing that you needed it in the first place.

Now to the fun part. If I could choose any profession and practice it tomorrow, what would it be? I have to give you two answers: the fantasy one and the one that could actually happen. My fantasy job would be as a Formula One driver. F1 is the ultimate in motor racing. Fastest cars, biggest budgets, unbelievable strategy, cutting edge technology. Hands down. If you are a fan of other motor sports but not F1, then you are missing out. NASCAR is a hillbilly sport; F1 is the sport of the elite. I would make so much money as a driver that upon my retirement, I would buy my own team. Aaah….Big Momma racing. Kinda got a nice ring to it, don’t ya think? I would not just manage the team, but I would also serve as the team’s test driver AND technical director. Because I would be a F1 great, Mr. Big Momma and I would live next door to Michael Schumacher, the greatest F1 driver in the history of the sport. We would play tennis together, our families would vacation together and we would share witty stories about what to do with all of our coin and how to avoid paying taxes.

My dream job that will happen? I would like to return to teaching. As a Grad Student, I taught Biology at Ohio State for a number of years. I love sharing my knowledge with moldable minds. It is a huge rush to be able to get a student excited about Biology, especially when they are taking it as a non-major. I could teach now, but it just doesn’t pay the bills. See I have a Master’s Degree and a Ph, just not the D. Yes, I am a Ph.D. drop out. It is much more fun to admit if you sing it to the tune of “Beauty School Drop Out,” off the Grease soundtrack, thank you very much. Without the D, life around the Big Momma house would be more difficult. Master’s level teaching gigspay shit. While we do not have an extravagant lifestyle, we are happy with what we have going. One of the reasons that I made a career change to publishing was because us book reps don’t have much to do in the summer. This frees up my summer months and allows me to adjunct. However, my adjuncting dreams are on hold, at least until Jr. is out of the house. It is too much fun getting to pal around with him during the summer.

So, my message to you is to keep on dreaming! Not only is it a fun pastime, but you might be surprised to find that dreams really do come true.

22 comments:

Sayre said...

Wow! For your first Fun Monday, you did a smashing job!

I could never do sales - I just don't have that competitive instinct (although I do resemble Monica in other more OCD ways). In a way, that's too bad because I will never make much money where I am - even if it IS fun!

My dad, however, was a salesman extraordinaire. He managed to support six kids and a stay at home wife on the strength of his selling, so obviously that particular gene didn't get passed down to me! You are lucky to have that ability.

Now get back to school when you can and pick up that D!

Faye said...

Welcome to Fun Mondays--hope you enjoy hanging out with us. Reading about your younger careers, am not surprised that you ended up in sales as an adult. Glad that career as a book sales rep helps you live the life that you want to live now.

P.S.--got one of my few "As" in biology in college because the professor was so cute--didn't want to disappoint him.

Molly said...

Welcome to Fun Monday. In your many job choices, you failed to mention writer. And yet,you have an entertaining as well as informative post.

Robocop said...

Cool, that's at least two of us who would like to go into teaching. Good post.

Hootin' Anni said...

Cool! And yes...super-duper bang up job for your FM entry. [does that make me a dork? I didn't know that, I use super duper all the time. :::shrug:::]

But a Formula 1 driver. Ohhhhhh, dang, that would be fantastic wouldn't it. Behind the wheel...oh ya baby. I used to drag race in my teens and always dreamed of driving along with Paul Newman in his race car...oh wait, that's a whole 'nother dream fantasy.


Hope you can stop by sometime today for a visit, my Fun Monday is posted.

nikki said...

You are an absolute riot. Will you be my new best friend?

Great job for your first Fun Monday!

PS- I failed biology.

Susan said...

Welcome to FM! (it seems like that's all I've been blogging on since we finally got sun here in Seattle!)

I've to to admit that I loved your post, but I couldn't be less like you! Going fast in cars! Fighting to be the top seller! AHHHHH! I bet you love roller coasters too. :)

How fun to see how you tick!

iPost said...

Could I co-own the F1 team with you? I like all kinds of racing!

Cruise Mom said...

Welcome to Fun Monday!

I'm just starting my PhD, because as you say, adjunct doesn't pay. I love teaching, but I love making money too.

Big Momma said...

Thanks to all my new FM friends!!! I look forward to getting to know all of you better!

Peter said...

Welcome, either this weeks topic was "made" for you or you are a talented writer? we wait to find out which.
I'll put you on the Fun Monday register on my sidebar so folks can find you.

Alison said...

ironically enough, my daughter is in an Annie production this summer!!

I love your post...keep dreaming..so true!!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Welcome to FM!

So you're a Monica huh? Wasn't there an episode that *really* showed her competitive side during a ping pong match? lol I'm, oh just a weeeeeeee bit, like that too.

An F1 driver would be thrilling!

ChrisB said...

You can add writing to your list of talents that was such a fun post.
You seem to me to be a bit of an enterpreneur with your competitive selling which I think showed great initiative as a child.

Dave said...

This looks like a fun theme. I used to snub my nose at sales in my earlier big pharma scientist days. Having come around to the fact I used to be an unhappy pompous ass, I now admire those with personality infinitely more than I value practicing top scientists.

I admire the UDF clerks more than top scientists. Everything changes with age.

F1 - awesomely cool - groupies too.

Teacher - yeah! Sales and education.

Me? Honestly. I want to be a substitute teacher. I don't want the committment and gargantuan workload of K12 daily prep. I just want the challenging abuse. The reason I don't do it, money. It's embarrassing.

Grand Life said...

Loved your post. A formula 1 driver-- and I thought I was adventurous. Have a great day.
Judy

grace said...

Wow! Welcome to Fun Monday (I know it is Friday but it has been a busy week) You pretty knew what you wanted when you were young. Like you, I never dreamed of being a mommy, I am one now and I love it. enjoyed your post

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