So I feel like that scene in Dumb and Dumber. Here it is on youtube (just the very first part of this clip). But the main dialogue goes like this:
"I can't believe we drove around all day and there is not a single job in this town. There is nothing, nada, zip."
"Yeah, unless you wanna work 40 hours per week."
Seriously, who does wanna work 40 hours per week?
Ok, so here I am left wanting a job that is 20 hours per week, very flexible hours, some of the hours can be done at home....does this job exist? Yes, it is called being a graduate student research assistant. That's the job that I had until I graduated. Now what?
I can possibly continue teaching at the local college. My application is in. And truthfully, teaching one class probably won't be that bad. It's not 40 hours at least. But, the main problem is, I don't LOVE teaching. It's ok. but I don't love it.
How do I look as a teacher?
So I also applied to teach an online class. That seems pretty easy. You don't even have to go anywhere. I can stay in my pajamas if I want. The problem with this, though, is it takes absolutely everything fun out of teaching (getting to know your students) and leaves everything lame about teaching--like designing the course, grading papers, and worst of all--responding to angry emails:
Note 2: Those are angry bolts coming out of the computer.
Note 3: That's a computer
So, online teaching really doesn't sound fun.
OK, so I need to ask myself what I REALLY want to do.
I found a journal from seventh grade where I said I wanted to be a brain surgeon when I grew up. Now the idea grosses me out:
I think my dream is to actually be Ira Glass's (from This American Life) assistant. I would do pre-interviews and fact checking. It would almost be like I was a detective--except a lot less scary and a lot more fun.
I can see the headline now:
So, other ideas...
Artist? um, well you've seen my artwork.
Musician? um, haven't touched that clarinet since high school graduation