While my life has been absolutely insane since elections in the beginning of March, I’ve strangely had a lot of time to really think about things. Maybe it’s been my need to prioritize and juggle responsibilities lately or maybe it’s just been the inevitable realization finally coming to light, but over these past few months I’ve been slowing coming to realize that what I had originally thought I wanted to do with my life just isn’t so.
I’ve talked about this a lot, I know, but it’s really something that I think about every single day. And with every passing day, I also get a little bit closer (or so it would seem) to figuring things out. Over the summer, I thought I had it figured out. While that realization has come to be just stepping stone to my current notion, at the time it was a huge thing for me.
Then I mentioned in February that going to the Spice Girls concert had put a lot of things into perspective. And it did. But it wasn’t until these past few weeks where these ideas I’ve had floating around in my head have come together to help me to realize where my passions truly lie. To some, what I ended up realizing may seem pretty obvious, but to me, it took a really long time to realize it was just under my nose.
You see, I’ve always had the dream of working for the coolest dotcom out there. Living in California and going to work in jeans. I mean, who doesn’t? After this past summer’s experiences, that dream became a reality. I was dead set on moving out to San Francisco, getting a job with one of the likely candidates (Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, you get the idea) and just enjoying every second of it. And if that option is on the table come May, 2009, then yes, I’ll consider it, but I also see that there are lots of other things out there that I’d love to do.
So what brought about the perspective change this time? Last time it was Seth Godin’s post about Community Management opened a whole new world for me. This time, it’s really a combination of all sorts of events: talking with people, getting involved in new things, spending a LOT of time at the paper, and who knows what else. One standout one though was having to answer a question along the lines of “if money, time, etc. were no object, to what would you dedicate your life’s work?” What a question, right?!
I know, I know, I’ve been incredibly vague throughout this whole post and I’m going to leave it that way for now. Those who know me will probably know what I’m talking about and those who don’t will hopefully find out soon. I’m working on taking all of these fragmented ideas and turning them into one cohesive plan. If I ever get to that point I’ll let you know. If not, then I guess my ever-evolving notion of what I’d like to do with my life has continued to morph and another post quite similar to this one will make its way to your RSS reader.