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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Dream Job...

My husband, Ash, Bean and I like to play a game at dinner and we do it quite frequently. It opens up the lines of communication and sometimes leads us into some interesting conversation.

Over winter break my husband's parents came for a visit and one night at the dinner table, Ash asked if we could play. The game is simple. All you need to do is come up with a question, like, "What is your favorite color?". You go around the table in order and answer one at a time. The person sitting to the right of the person who asked the 1st question asks the 2nd question and so on. See, simple...but sometimes the questions aren't so simple. Sometimes they are difficult and very thought provoking. Sometimes they leave me thinking about them for days...like the one my father in law asked.

If you had the knowledge to be anything you wanted to be, what occupation would you choose? Uh huh! Told you...not always so simple!

It is funny though that an answer popped into my head pretty quickly. It was an answer that I really wasn't expecting either but I have been thinking about it ever since.

I write about some things on this blog that are so called "personal" but I haven't shared a lot of the nitty gritty. Some may come in time but some I may always keep to myself. My answer has a lot to do with the nitty gritty. I won't give the details but I will say that I have medical records in several doctor's offices of lots of different specialties and hospitals as well. I am blessed to some how always come out on the healthy side with not much more than scars and memories.

So when my father in law asked that question, I eagerly waited for my turn to answer. Ash answered first and said she wanted to be a teacher. I came immediately after her and the words "medical / pharmaceutical researcher" just rolled off of my tongue.

I am THAT person who reads every single word on the drug information that is handed over to me with a newly filled prescription. I am THAT person who researches every one of the diagnoses handed over to me or a family member. I am THAT person who is thankful for all of the medical / pharmaceutical researchers who have worked long hours to help find cures and palliatives for those in need. I am THAT person who may not be here writing on this blog today without them.

That is why for a question that was difficult, thought provoking for days and I could have had thousands of answers to...it actually was quite simple.

Now, it is your turn. If you had the knowledge to be anything you wanted to be, what occupation would you choose?

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At January 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Sara said...

Such a great idea for a dinner game! So glad you are THAT person, I'm so glad you are here writing your blog! You're an amazing friend! I don't have an answer right now, but I will definitely be thinking about this and asking people around me!

 
At January 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

Very cool game! Quite honestly I think I was living my dream job...early childhood teacher of at-risk children. After having several student teachers I would like to add to my job though...I would like to teach the teachers...maybe teach a few community college classes.

 
At January 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Maren said...

I think I'm on my way to that job, becoming a teacher. But time will tell. ;)

 
At January 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I think it's so cool that you knew right away the answer to that question. I wouldn't have a clue. The one thing that has fulfilled me completely is being a mom, and I got that gift, so beyond that it's all gravy!

 
At January 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

I love your idea for a dinner game! I will have to try that with my family. That is a tough question for me. I have never gone back to college because I don't know what I want to be.

 
At January 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Love that idea for a game. Could be anything in the world?

Hmmmmm... I think I would want to take this traveling circus on the road and be a public speaker about human rights, civil liberties, tolerance, and special needs.

For now I will just blog about them - I guess :)
Kristen

 
At January 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Orthodontist. Those guys make a killing.

Or forensic anthropologist, if I had the stomach for it, but I don't.

Or private detective.

But I guess I'll have to stick with being an auditor.

 
At January 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Gia said...

Hahah that career would make me CRAZY paranoid (I'd be spending all my time stressing about weird side effects).

Hmmm...I don't know what I'd wanna do. Professional blogger, maybe?

 
At January 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

That sounds like a fun game.

I'd love to be a writer. As in, a published one.

 
At January 4, 2012 at 12:53 AM , Blogger Recovering Supermom said...

I love this game idea, too! Our family will have to try it. I think I would choose a professional writer like a couple of your other commenters.

 
At January 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I had two come to mind- totally unrelated to each other: either a speech pathologist or studying shoreline formations and beach erosion (oceanography/geology)

 
At January 5, 2012 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Infertile Mormon Mommy said...

My answer always has been, and always will be A Mom. But I would not be one with the help of medical researchers... so I am thankful that that is some peoples passion!

 
At January 5, 2012 at 1:38 AM , Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

My answer for as long as I can remember was an actor. When I was young it was a movie star...as I got older it turned into an entertainer...then it became a working actor...and now I have absolutely no "career" ambition other than being a mom and helping my boys become great husbands (that's enough hard work for me right now!) Then again, I've also always wanted to be a photographer...but really I'd just want it as a hobby...not having to take pictures of stuff that doesn't inspire me just to pay the bills...yah, starving, artist wannabe... that's me...except for the starving part.

 
At January 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM , Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

That is a great game!

My answer would be a travel journalist. To combine two loves (travel + writing) is a dream.

 
At January 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Oh great question!! My husband and I have discussed this before. I would want to be a police detective that works on cold cases. I love the show Cold Case Files and would love to be able to bring closure to families that have not had it.

 
At January 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Tina @ Life Without Pink said...

What a great game, I'll have to try that! That is a hard question for me...but awesome that you came up with it so quickly!

 

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