Need Direction

Today was another one of those days where my brain thinks it’s being all clever and wakes me up after three hours of sleep to fill my head with nonsense, which makes going back to sleep impossible. But I did get to spend some time outdoors (in the sunlight!) and have lunch with Shannon. I was able to go back to sleep around 4 in the afternoon and sleep ’til 8. All is well.

I just took a couple Career Assessment tests online but failed to glean any new knowledge or direction for my life.  Should I go back to school?  If so, what should I study?  What am I going to do with my life?  I don’t mind my current job but clearly it’s not satisfying when I’m constantly returning back to this line of questioning.  All of my interests point to something in the writing/editing field, but I continue to sit here and say, “I have no idea what to do with my life.”

There are just too many options.  I need someone to come along and limit them for me.  So this job falls to you, the readers of my blog.  I will list some multiple choices below that I’ve been considering and you reply with your vote.  I will do whatever the majority tells me.  🙂

A.) Get a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian and be a translator/interpreter
B.) Get a Master’s Degree in Writing and write fiction
C.) Get a Master’s Degree in Writing and write nonfiction
D.) Get a Master’s Degree in Whatever Degree It Would Be and edit/proofread/publishing
E.) Get a Master’s in Counseling for marriage/family psychology
F.) I do not approve of any of these choices.  Go back to the drawing board.
G.) You don’t need more school, just stay at the current job.  All this dissatisfaction is simply in your head.
H.) Sell off all possessions and be an urban nomad.
I.) Just find someone to marry and pop out a couple kids.  No more of this crazy “working woman” talk.
J.) Other: ___________________________________________

Currently Reading: The Tipping Point is finally finished and I’ve started The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser. I don’t know a whole lot about this fiction book, other than that it was a free advanced reading copy from when I worked in Barnes & Noble.  So far it’s about a couple who are trying to turn an abandoned property in a small town into an inn.

Currently Writing: A second draft for my short story, which is untitled (as is everything I write).

Currently Wanting: Ani DiFranco’s recent cd, Knuckle Down.  And some good Mexican food.

9 thoughts on “Need Direction

  1. I vote for either B(minus the extra schooling, I don't think you need one of those to write) or D(because I think you'd be really good at it). H has certain fun implications, but then you wouldn't be able to update your LJ anymore (and you're about the only one who does anymore.) I like J too. Doing an other sounds really fun.
    Hang in there.
    For your story, I have no ideas for a title, but I've been raving about it. I know at least 4 people who will buy a copy of it when it comes out (I may buy too, and beg you to sign one of them).

  2. Sometimes I wish I had the cojenes to chuck it all and be an urban nomad. I don't think I know enough people who have couches for me to sleep on … or maybe I do. Still, though it is enticing, I think that choice should be scratched off both of our lists. I'll write a more serious answer later.

  3. I think you could do any of these Teri. And I know it's hard to make the choice between all of them, but what about going back to school (yay student loans and no more third shift?) and start taking some classes, seeing which you'd actually like. No, you don't need a degree in writing to write. Most writers never get them. So maybe just start taking classes and see what happens.

  4. As someone who doesn't really know you and has no idea what you should do, i pick A. You could do study abroad! And if you're writing now while holding down this job, surely you could write while you go to school and do that job. Plus, you'd have that many more experiences to inspire your writing.
    Someone has to speak up for A!

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