In my perfect dream world I would wake up, have my morning coffee then jump on the computer to write my first article of the day. Then I would do some social media for my clients, take a walk ,write a second article and then connect with other writers, bloggers and authors, never once leaving my house. Of course, on nice days I would take my afternoon walk, but in my perfect world I would work from home. Instead I drag myself to a job of state billing and asking fire fighters for their paperwork.
I am frustrated day after day with my life. Not my personal life, no, just my work life. As I sit and listen to podcasts, and visit Twitter on my breaks I long to be a part of that world. Today, as I listened to Stuff You Should know, hosted by the wonderful Josh and Chuck, a thought occurred to me; am I frustrated because I am hovering on the edge of my perfect world? Because I do participate in social media as much as I do, I want to jump in with both feet but, is this good for me because I can’t?
I love social media. I have had the pleasure of “meeting” some really great people. I have authors following me on Twitter, I have had conversations with Dr. Neil Tyson on Facebook, participated in Twitter talks and best of all, met some inspiring bloggers. All of this has taught me to enjoy technology but is also shows me what I am missing because I make a living doing something very unsocial. I sit in a cubical crunching numbers and plugging them in a data base. As I work I can only sit and listen and watch as others do what they love and get paid to do it! As I listen to the podcast Stuff you should know, I wonder if I too could write an article good enough to be talked about.
I used to think I was born to late, I wanted to be a 60’s hippie. Now I think I may have been born to early. I have embraced the new technology and long to be a part of it. There are so many role models to choose from, I just know had I been born later, I would have finished college at a young age so I too could try my hand at social media.
Perhaps it would be better if I were more like my co-workers. Most of them have no idea what Twitter is and have never read a blog. They don’t wish they could write all day or post branding articles on Twitter. Then again many of them are unhappy, but do not know why or dare to dream of doing something else. Some are content with their life and would never consider something else.
On the other hand, at least I have a dream and a plan. Once I am done with my degree I will try my hand at writing and will sell my passion for social media work. I graduate (with honors) in a few weeks , Over the summer I will try my hand at article writing. I will move on from editing others work part time to full out freelance writing. if all goes right, I will look back at this time of my life as a learning experience, for I have learned what it is I want to do, and what I don’t. I will leave number crunching to those who love math!
So dear Readers, do you have a dream? Is there something you would like to do and if so, what is stopping you?