Thursday, October 18, 2007

What do you do?

Long before she (re)skyrocketed to fame with such great hit shows as American Idol Season 1 and American Idol Season 2, Paula Abdul was a multi-platinum recording artist who's philosophical and thought provoking lyrics helped to shape a generation.

With great lines such as "Oh I Love what ya do when ya do what ya do", how could you not love the 5'2 half Canadian songstress?

The question at hand then is do you love what you do(when you do what you do)? It's a conversation that I seem to be having a lot lately. Enjoyment of one's employment seems to be a rare quality these days, which is somewhat surprising to me. Some don't dislike their job, but in my mind that's a far cry from enjoying it.

Sean said it best when describing his wife's attitude towards her job, "She feels about the same as I did when I worked at the dollar store in high school. Collect a paycheck and go home."

So, what do you do for a living? How did you come to do it, and how do you feel about it? What would you rather be doing with your time?

My Answer:
At age 7 I felt I had some positively brilliant and original concepts for video games. There was the Voltron video game, the G.I. Joe video game, the other Voltron video game, etc. In the absence of anyone who wanted to create these video games for me I decided it couldn't be that hard and decided to do it myself. Years later I still hadn't done much more than write a program that would print out, "Jesse is cool!!!", but that didn't stop me from trying.

Now some 20 years later I've written websites, printing applications, and flight simulators. The amazing part is that someone paid me to do something that I probably would have been doing anyway. I can't really imagine doing anything else for a living, and can't imagine a job more suited towards me.

I sleep in until 8:30 in the morning. Get to work where I read the daily nerd news, solve some problems, and spend half of my day incubation thinking my way through issues(Read: Making fun of the Seans and playing practical jokes)

I don't say this to gloat. There are certainly other areas of life that require my attention enough that this one can be considered marked off the list(For the time being). I'm just curious what others are doing.


  1. I read shit. That's my day.

    Oh, that and gnashing my teeth and weeping.

  2. I'm glad you get to do something you love. That's awesome!

    I'm in that same 'dollar store' boat - I work for the man, then I go home. I make almost enough money to supplement the student loans which my great-great grandchildren may end up having to pay off...

    But, after I graduate, I'll have a job where I am overworked and underappreciated. If I make a mistake at work, I could get sued and lose my house. People will pee and vomit in my presence regularly.

    And yet I can't wait. Go figure. :)

  3. What do I do? In my day job I sit around pretending to read articles and work toward a degree. But in my exciting night time career - I watch television for a living. I do a little tv critic column I like to call "Ok, but Not As Good As Murder, She Wrote".

  4. I watch trees grow and I make maps. I giggle with glee at the idea that there's a living to be made doing this stuff.