I’ve spent a lot of the last year thinking about what I actually want to do with my life. What’s my dream job? Mattress tester and macaroni and cheese taste tester. Unfortunately, as a dream job, I also need to get paid, and I would like to also make a difference in the world. In a time when people are scared and upset and frightened and anxious, I want to make people laugh. I want to improve someone’s day. In my current job as a borderline gossip columnist, I feel like I’m wasting everyone’s time and potentially ruining a lot of people’s reputations to make a check. That’s karmically bad, isn’t it? That’s not a dream job. That’s a job. That’s not a career. It’s shallow. It’s toxic.
I want to do something better. My dream job would likely be an advice columnist of some sort, so I could continue writing, at my own pace, with a sense of humor, and still be able to help others and pursue betterment in the world. What’s your dream job? What’s getting in the way of making your current job your dream job? Does your dream job involve giving back?
This infographic may be able to help you start mapping out exactly what your dream job is, or at least to help you find a cause for which to volunteer or support.
I’m going to be honest: I do not know the origins of the following infographic, so I’m embedding the post instead of just using the image, because I want to be sure the Twitter user who brought it to my attention is properly credited, if not the actual creator of the content.
— Sean Raible (@raiblehoffy) January 2, 2018
Good luck, and may 2018 bring you your dream job — or at least something a little closer to it that what you’re doing right now.