If Only, If Only…

This post comes courtesy of The Daily Post‘s “Money for Nothing” prompt, which asks us:
If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.


Some people say that if you love something, never make it your job because you’ll end up hating it. In theory I think that that’s probably true, but it definitely depends on the situation, and a lot of that involves whether or not you’re able to make a living wage from it. You can love something more than anything, but if you have to do it 22 hours a day in order to just manage to pay the bills…yeah, you’re probably going to end up hating it.

So, that said, let’s pretend just for a moment that I could do exactly the job I wanted – my “dream” job – without any concern that I would be able to support myself and my family. In that magical world, this is what my day would look like:

I’d wake up at 7 am, grab a shower, get my daughter ready for the day, and drive her off to school before returning back to my house. I’d either pick up some Tim Hortons on the way back or make a pot of coffee when I got home and wave a cup under my husband’s nose to entice him out of bed too. It would all be nice and casual and the exact opposite of time-sensitive.

Together we’d spend a bit of time talking about what I’m going to do for my next few YouTube videos. We’d have a bunch of content already planned out, so once I felt up to it and had made myself look presentable, I’d head down to my studio basement and get to recording. Depending on the day I might only do one video or several, but I wouldn’t worry about rushing through them because they wouldn’t be one of a million things I have to do in the 12 days I have home before the next shift starts…they would be my shift.

After a couple of hours of recording I’d gather up all the data and transfer it to hubby’s computer so that he could get to work with the editing process (which he is so much better at). And while he did that, I would pick up my laptop, plunk myself down in the recliner with a tea (because my coffee is long gone at this point) and I would write. And write. And write. I’d write so much that I’d definitely have multiple books out every year.

Finally, in the evenings, in between spending time with my daughter and watching shows and playing video games with my husband, I’d take some time to respond to my followers on the YouTube channel, the social media, the blog, and wherever else necessary.

Mind you, I can barely think about this fantasy situation without the gloomy financial obviousness hanging over my head, but it’s still nice to imagine, especially when I’m out West on the oil sands instead. 😛

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9 thoughts on “If Only, If Only…

  1. I think I need to do a post like this. Some similarities to mine, but I don’t think I’d have a studio for videos. I tend to do my videos outside, anyway. Got one to edit and upload before bed tonight (almost 3 am!).

    • Oh lord, 3 am…that’s only an hour before I get up in the morning for work! lol
      Yeah, it’s a nice thing to think about, although I can’t think about it too long or I get depressed that it’ll never happen. @.@

      • I have a desire for a home library/office, but where we’re moving, I can’t have that quiet yet. I’m still not sure where I can go to have some peace and quiet away from everyone to write.

        • I’m sure you’ll find somewhere or someway; you just might have to spend a bit of time thinking about it. For the record, I don’t really have a quiet spot either. My husband turned the basement into a YouTube studio for me, but there’s definitely no room for a writing area, and if I’m upstairs anywhere there are little feet running behind me at all time. I can’t even get a bath without being walked in on. lol

          • You should try Japanese style bathrooms. Shower/bath is one door, toilet is another door, and in the middle is laundry and sink. Three people could use the bathroom all at once. That leads to my daughter standing at the shower door knocking on it and calling me a lot. No peace showering!

              • My daughter has a habit of wanting to open the door to the toilet while I’m in there. And I have no problems with the laundry going while I’m taking a shower. We have no hot water for the laundry.

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