As part of my Day Zero Project, I am answering “50 Questions to Free Your Mind” (Google it). I had originally thought to do these in my personal journal, but then I thought, why not put them on my blog. So get ready for some rambling answers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Here’s my post for questions #1-5.
6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Teaching, hands down. I loved my time teaching, but found there were many obstacles. The biggest one was the money. Funny fact, I just realized today that I make the same amount as a receptionist as I did teaching. That’s sad. I went to college for teaching. I spent upwards of 50 hours a week teaching. I put my blood, sweat, and tears into that job and I barely got by. Despite that, I loved my time teaching. People keep asking me if I’m going to get make into it and I am really uncertain at this stage. Do I want to spend more time and money switching my license and then possibly getting paid barely enough to live? It’s such a tough decision…
7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
What a follow-up question. Based off of my answer to #6, I am completely settling right now. I like my job. I believe in what the organization is trying to do. But my contribution is very small. I would love to be doing more to help children and families.
8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
I would have made the move (physical and emotional) much earlier. About 18 months ago, I made a major decision that has changed the course of my life for the better. I am very excited about this new direction. But what I really wish is that I figured my life out a little earlier. Maybe I could have saved myself a lot of heartache.
9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
Such a tough question. I really don’t know how to answer this one. At times i feel very much in control of my life and then at other times I feel complete helpless. Does this question really give us any idea of big life events? I am still trying to figure that out.
10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
Doing the right things. The outcomes are my focus right now. I am trying to make decisions that will have positive outcomes and effects. Unfortunately those outcomes are slated for the future. I won’t be able to see the effects for awhile now, I just have to keep faith.