I've been thinking a lot about what I want to be when I grow up lately. Partly because there has been some upheaval in my work life recently, and partly because I'm starting to feel a bit like I'm drifting. My NewsFeed shows me that several friends have given up their jobs to go back to school full time, and others are branching out on their own with their first businesses. I know that I want to work for myself - I'm tired of being on someone's timetable and working on someone else's dream.
I know that I want to be creative in this venture. I love my work, I love creating something everyday, I love dreaming up new ideas that will make people smile.
I know that I want to be able to set my own schedule and work from home when I choose. I want to be able to pursue other passions (like comics and potentially more school) at the same time. I would love to work in my pajamas as much as possible.
I know that I want to throw out the rules of what a 'career' is and make something up that makes me happy to spend the time doing it each day. I don't care if it doesn't mean I can retire after 30 years at the same company, I want to be happy doing what I'm doing.
I know that I want to be able to travel, go to conferences (or cons, whatever), and get to meet other people like me. I want to be a part of a community of people who want to constantly grow and learn.
Basically, this boils down to owning my own business of some kind. But owning a business takes a lot of work - especially in the beginning when you have to make sure to set everything up correctly. It's scary, and it's time-consuming. Even in the baby stage my little business is at right now, it's time consuming. How to work two jobs that pay the bills and make time for what I love?
Part of me wishes I could tell me at 20 that this is what I would want to be doing at 27, so that me at 20 could plan a bit better. Or at least save a bit better, maybe take out less student loans.
What do you want to be when you grow up?