If I had my life to live over again, I would follow very different career paths. At least I think I would. Most people who know me might be surprised to learn of some of these careers/fields I think would merit serious consideration:
- Urban planner
- Unitarian minister/Buddhist priest
- Software developer
- Professor of sociology
- Professor of psychology
- Food distribution logistics
- Mass transportation designer
- Policy analyst (at the national level)
- Restaurant operator
- Fiction writer
I suspect there are dozens of career fields in which I could find satisfaction. But regardless of what field I might have chosen, I would (in hindsight) have limited the time spent pursuing it to about half of what I did in my real world career. No job, regardless of how much one might enjoy it, is worth sixty or eighty hours a week. Even working for oneself as a farmer, which might require monstrous commitments of time, would warrant paying for help to limit one’s hours; otherwise, it wouldn’t be a good career.
I bet there are dozens of others I’ve considered. I know for a fact I frequently cursed myself for failing to go to law school. Now, though, I don’t feel that so much; I suspect I would have hated myself (on the one hand) or starved (on the other).
I wonder if anyone who reads this post is surprised. I know I am. But only a little.