“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………