“You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?”
It’s funny that this is one of Mama Kat’s writing prompts this week because I’ve been daydreaming lately about what I would do if money wasn’t an object and I could just do what makes me happy instead of what pays the bills and feeds the kids. Darned kids are bottomless pits…….
If I were to win the lottery, I would like to retire and go work part-time in a book store. I am so in love with reading that the idea of working with books and being around other book lovers would be a dream job.
If I could go back and start over though (as the prompt suggests), I think that I might have perhaps geared my studies toward working in the publishing industry. In what capacity, I’m not sure. I don’t think that I have what it takes to be a professional writer but the idea of working with authors and being a part of the process that brings books to the store shelves is very appealing. Of course, I would have had to be careful not to geek out and gush when meeting the authors (which is a very real possibility) or I wouldn’t have lasted very long.
Owning my own book store would have been a wonderful goal too but I’m rather glad that I never went that route. With the advent of the internet and e-readers, small bookstores everywhere are going out of business. Only the big guys like Chapters, Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc. seem to be surviving these days. If I had opened my own book shop in my younger years, I’d probably be in a lot of trouble now.
I find this a very sad state of affairs but I guess that we can’t argue with progress. A lot of people love e-readers, and I’m glad for them, but my first love will always be holding a book in my hands.
I have a good, steady job that pays the bills and feeds the bottomless pits that are my kids, and I am extremely grateful for it, but it doesn’t stir my passion. Perhaps this is part of why I’ve been feeling blah these days.
Perhaps this is why I’ve been daydreaming………
I think working in publishing would be amazing. And I totally get the whole gushing thing.ReplyDelete
Yep, I'm definitely not a cool character :)Delete
Working in a book store would certainly be neat or in a publishing firm. But I think I get in on second best being a book reviewer as a blogger :)ReplyDelete
You have a good point there Dominique! I have done several reviews and enjoyed doing it. I love finding new books to read from reading other bloggers reviews :)Delete
Love this! I thought about this prompt and am no closer to knowing what I would really want to do when I "grow" up.ReplyDelete
I know! I may be 45 with two teens to feed but I still don't feel grown up and still find myself daydreamingDelete
I enjoy the ease of downloading a book to my tablet when I feel like it, but I have to admit, trying to read in the bright sun at the beach is a pain in the butt. I'd much rather hold a book in my hand in those times. And that's exactly what I do now! Books on the beach. I loved this post. You never know, book stores might not disappear entirely.ReplyDelete
I guess that e-readers have their place and so do actual books. I love that you have made both a part of your reading routine. I really do hope that bookstores continue on; there's nothing nice that spending time wandering the aisles :)Delete
Sometimes you've got to do what pays the bills! Here's hoping you win the lottery or retire in wealth so that you can start that bookstore!ReplyDelete
My fingers are definitely crossed!!Delete
A small bookstore DOES sound so lovely though!ReplyDelete
It's really nice to dream :)Delete