Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My very own Austin & Ally

Minus the Austin.

Outside of your typical babysitting gigs, I've only ever held jobs in an office setting.  My mom worked for a university and I spent many summers collating, filing, typing and answering phones at various offices around the university.  I remember arriving home one particularly hot, muggy summer evening after a full day of work.  My pantyhose were stuck to me and I thought, "Is this what life is going to be like when I'm adult?  Is this it?"

Yes, it is.

From time to time, my mind will wander and I'll imagine myself doing something other than working for the man.  And then I'll snap back to reality.  I know myself well and unfortunately, I lack that certain spark.  I don't have the creativity or courage necessary to break away from the norm and branch out on my own.  That's not to say that wearing a suit for the past 20 years or so has been bad.  It's provided a warm, comfortable home for my family, a sizable retirement account and health insurance.    

My children are still so very young but as a parent, I can't help but wonder who they'll be as adults.  What will they do?  They call me a "tax return lady" and for some reason, I can't imagine encouraging them to pursue a business degree.  Maybe I'm just in a weird, mid-life crisis place in my life right now.  To me, they have that spark that I'm missing.

Allie has begun choreographing dance routines.  Sometimes, she'll write them out on paper and practice with the sheet on the floor in front of her.  It's pretty impressive.  Well, I'm impressed anyway.  This weekend she decided to write a song.  The lyrics were written out on paper first and then she marched over to the piano and began banging out her song.  Emily commented, "Ah, I think she needs piano lessons."  (And she does.  But still.)    


Margaret said...

I know what you mean. I too crave structure and I would be terrified to really go out on a limb to be self-employed or something. But I hope that maybe someday you can find a less-stressful "tax return lady" job!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love the piano lessons comment :)

Shannon Cravalho said...

I'm in a different area of tax but I feel the same way! I would cringe if they ever wanted to get a business degree!

Claire said...

Sorry to disappoint you :) I used to create dance routines when I was a kid too (10 years of ballet, 7 of jazz ballet and 3 of tap/hip hop.

Guess what..... I'm an accountant, just like my Dad. Haha. Oh well! There are worse things!