I’ll probably never be a waitress

Today I was failing to take a nap and my brain was running its crazy zigzags. And I was thinking about how next year I want to get a serving tray. (I’m going to have a normal apartment again, so I intend to do a lot of hosting.) And my mind was tra-la-ing along about how I can learn to hold it with one hand and it will be great practice for when I’m a waitress.

Then I remembered that I will probably never be a waitress. I will probably just teach for the rest of my life. I used to imagine a million different careers for myself and do weird things to prepare, like learn to type really fast (for when I became a transcriber) or draw a thousand floor plans (for when I became an architect.) But I can give all of that up now, if I so desire, because my career is pretty settled. Because I am old now and we old folk have settled careers.

Now, I know you’re all thinking “people change careers roughly a thousand times these days!” But I’m not people. I’m going to be a teacher forever and ever and ever. And I’ll only get to carry my tray with one hand in my own house. And nobody will tip me.

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3 Responses to I’ll probably never be a waitress

  1. Liz says:

    Whenever I had decided to be a teacher, I quickly began typing up my own rubric. Now, I look at all of the little things I prepared for myself for when I teach match, and all I can think of is how fun it was to make them, but then I dread actually having to use them. It doesn’t seem like something I would actually want to spend the rest of my life doing.

    I think that’s similar to you. :p I’ve also spent a lot of my time looking up recipes for when I become a chef, even though I almost always fail when I try to cook different things and experiment. I’ve also rehearsed dance moves for when I become a choreographer for music videos or just a general dance teacher, and I once researched all about directing movies for when I became a casting director or just a general director. I think I wouldn’t mind being a casting director, actually, so maybe that one is still possible. xD

    It’s too bad life is so short that we have to choose just one job. ;x It would be so fun to get to try so many jobs in one lifetime!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I was a waitress for a while. Learning to carry trays in one hand and to walk around holding four cups isn’t too hard. (Totally not the point of your post, I know.)

    I used to tell myself that I wanted to try a bit of everything. But in college I learned that there isn’t enough time to try everything, so I just picked a subject and ran with it, because knowing one subject well seems to be more useful than knowing term subjects poorly. I hope that teaching works out in the end!

  3. I love these last two posts. You know that phrase “Live every day like it’s your last”? I hate that phrase. Sometimes I get exhausted trying to live like a free spirit, not bound by a traditional occupation and free to galavant about the world as I please. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember and there are many rewards but there are also many things you give up, like stability for one. Sometimes I just want to give in and get a job with a 401K and a health plan. I hope I’m not missing the point of your articles. I just feel like sometimes it’s OK to be happy in the life that we’ve created thus far without throwing constant challenges at ourselves.

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