Shifting Goals

I went to law school, studied hard, passed the bar, and now I think I want to shuck and sell oysters out of a truck on the side of the road.  Who’s goin’ with me?

DesignSponge posted this picture the other day:

and my mind took flight.  The man in the truck is happy, just doing his thing, shucking oysters for the pretty lady.  I could get into that.  I haven’t worked out all the details yet, haven’t crunched a single number, but what I do know is that every night I’d go home and eat whatever inventory I had leftover.  The gig can’t be that bad.

This has been the story of my 2011 mindset:  fall in love with everything, settle on nothing – especially when it comes to deciding what I want to be when I “grow up.”  I read somewhere that the average person changes careers (not just jobs, but wholesale careers) three times in his or her life.  I can definitely understand that.  I’ve started my working adult life as an attorney.  At this point, I find it very unlikely that I’ll ride this into retirement.  Not because I don’t so much like being an attorney.  Rather, because I’m interested in a lot else.  Everything else really.  And I want to try it all.

Oh, but then there is the whole thing about money and financial obligations.  So, shit.  I don’t know.  I do own two homes (well, I own two mortgages, really – the banks just let me use the homes as long as I keep paying every month), I also have one baby with another on the way.  This probably isnt a very good time to get shifty in my career.  Then again, there rarely is a good time for big life changes.  As my Uncle Donnie (now in his 50’s) likes to say “If I waited until I was ready to have kids, I still wouldn’t have them.”  He has four by the way.  His point is not that he never wanted kids.  Quite the contrary.  It’s that he did want kids, and to hell with waiting until the “right” time for that sort of thing.  I concur.

But responsibility must be adhered to when it comes to making a living.  So I’ll keep doing my thing, while also dreaming about selling oysters on the side of the road, until one day I’ve figured out how to make a relatively seamless transition from one career to the other.  Or not.  But probably.

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4 comments

  1. Jarrett

    I’m there with you on this. Also a lawyer, and sometimes all I want to do is be a carpenter. Or a guy selling oysters from an old Airstream sounds kinda nice.

  2. Anonymous

    Exactly. It’s a funny thing to have worked so hard to be able to be a lawyer, then finally achieve it and think, “eh, maybe I’l shuck oysters instead.” Frustrating really. My poor wife.

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