It took a while for me to find the right job for myself. Nearly fifty years really.
I figured it out at about the same time I figured out I had ADHD. But that was just a coincidence.
Well, figuring them out at the same time was a coincidence, making the one work because I was finding out about the other was downright fortuitous.
I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t found out about my ADHD, what it meant, and started learning how to deal with it for me, I’d have had a pretty good chance at wrecking this vocation as well.
And the vocation is?
Ha, that’s not very helpful, is it. Sorry. The vocation I’m talking about is being a writer.
But it wouldn’t have worked if I hadn’t gone through all the other things I’ve attempted before.
Or at least, it wouldn’t have worked so well.
Worked so well?
Okay, truth, I’m not rich and famous, I’m not even famous and well off.
In truth, I’m a struggling writer of minimal reputation and moderate means.
But I love what I do and I am good at it even if I only have a few people echoing that sentiment currently.
And the other things I did before?
Do you know how many amazingly interesting things you need to know about life and the world in order to be a former farm boy, contractor, printer, personal support worker, auctioneer, graphic artist, computer programmer, IT specialist, computer technician, musician, show host and MC?
And it’s all grist for the mill of a writer’s mind.
And I write a lot of things. Songs, stories, fiction & nonfiction, news stories, blog posts for several sites, the list is almost as long as the list of former occupations.
Is this it?
Is this my final vocation?
Maybe. Sort of.
Okay, the truth is that I’ve had enough experience with this life of mine to know that this might not be the be all and end all for me.
But I think I’m in this for the longer run. And even if I do other things I’m pretty sure I’m a writer for life now.
And new jobs these days?
New jobs these days seem to be new writing jobs. Sometimes they come with additional vocational aspects.
Like my latest job, hosting a radio show once every four weeks. It’s prerecorded and I have to write it myself.
I’ve done one episode so far, and I think it turned out pretty good, given that i was responsible for the writing, talking, and production of the thing.
It’s entirely possible that I’ve found a vocation that allows me to do new and different jobs while at the same time doing the same job that I’m gathering more competence at with each passing publication.
So I think I’m done looking for new jobs.
Except that I’m still looking for new writing jobs.
Anyone know of anything that needs to be written? I’m available.