I wanted to start out by saying today was a particularly stressful day, but then I realized I kind of can’t remember the last day that wasn’t.
And then I realized: That really sucks.
I was watching Extreme Home: Makeover Edition this weekend (and, of course, crying hysterically for at least half of it. Why yes, I am a sensy.) and had a thought that surprised me:
What would it be like to be that happy all the time in your career?
Yes, I realize I only see Ty Pennington and his extremely giddy team during the parts they choose to air, and I’m sure there are some moments of nervousness when they aren’t sure whether they’ll be able to finish the house after all, but I honestly can’t imagine even those moments are all that bad to deal with. I mean – they’re building an incredible home for an incredibly deserving family and then get to watch them and the whole community just positively light up in gratitude.
How could you not be happy all the time?
That being said, I know there’s stress involved with pretty much every career (although I believe it’s worth noting that PR made number seven on the list of the top ten most stressful jobs of 2012. So there.). But after a brief hour of soul-searching, I thought up a few career paths I think would be probably the most awesome and generally stress-free jobs ever.
Experience and credentials don’t count, obvy.
5. Librarian. I’ll be honest: I’m not really sure what librarians do all day besides shush people and shelve books. But I feel like there’d be plenty of time to read – and lots of quiet, comfy areas to do it. Add some coffee (and then add some Baileys?) and you can’t get much better than that.
4. Florist. Flowers + happy people = happy florist. Not that I know how to arrange them properly…but I’m sure Martha Stewart has a YouTube tutorial or two.
3. Wine vendor. I’m sure there’s something to do with sales and quotas and whatnot, but believeyoume, my position as a wine vendor would just be about getting restaurants and stores to love my wines. While drinking it with them. No-brainer.
2. TV show music finder. TV shows and movies are, somewhat sadly, how I find my music now. So it would clearly end my music-finding problem to be the one in charge of finding it for the masses, no? And what better way to spend a day than listening to great music?
1. Nail polish namer. As noted, I love nail polish. And I (apparently along with the rest of America) generally choose them based on how good the name is. And I’m pretty fantastic at writing puns. Obviously I’m meant to have this job.
Hmm, maybe it’s time for (my first) sabbatical.