Life plans

I have had quite a few of those “what am I doing with my life” moments since arriving here. Most of them are answered with certainty and a smile; however, the job front seems to get more and more uncertain.

A few weekends ago, Adolfo, a friend and I had a long discussion about this. What my friend called a therapy session with a few bottles of wine. I confessed that I’m a little bit lost.

I originally got into this line of work because I wanted to help create better citizens of the United States; citizens who were worldlier and culturally competent. Young people who would return from their experience and be inspired to continue learning languages, or learn more about migrants, the incarcerated, or poor in their own country and do something to make the situation better.

I knew exactly why I was doing my job.

I am less sure of what I am currently doing.

They had several suggestions but they boiled down to one – they think I should teach. I was always sure I didn’t want to teach. Now I’m less sure of that.

In fact, I’m a lot less sure about most everything related to jobs. One of the things I told my friend was that in the States, I knew what the options were and where. I knew what the paths were to reach the goals I had. Now, I don’t know what all the options are, or where they are, or even how to get to them and I seem to have lost track of my professional goals.

Some people think I should teach, other people mention writing a book. I am viewing both these options with a romanticism that I just don’t think is very realistic.

My current job is ok and I am fine for the moment, but I can’t see my future there and it doesn’t help that everyone has a Plan B in case of getting fired. I feel like I should be getting my Plan B together.

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3 Responses to “Life plans”

  1. barbara Says:

    I’m sure you’ll be great at whatever you decide. Just make sure it’s something you LOVE. I’m sorry I never got to work at something I love.

  2. Paul Says:

    You’re actually in a good position to make these decisions. You’re away from what you thought your career was and from the outside looking in is the best way to evaluate. So far you’ve done pretty good so no reason to think you wont later. And who says we can only have one profession?

  3. Françoise Says:

    I’m not sure my english is good enought to anderstand all what you write and most it is difficult for me to write in english what I think about your question of choise a new life (in work … that’s it ?!) You are the one who can feel what to do but I know it is very difficult for young people actually to know what to do, …only do what you feel , and you will do well, you are enought open over the word and the people to successed
    (do you anderstand me ??? my God I have to learn english, it takes me ages to read your blog !!) love

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