1. Meteorologist. Do I really want to go to weather school to become a meteorologist? No. Could I never EVER tire of talking about the weather with anyone who will listen? Do I watch weather shows like tornado chasers and find myself intrigued by weather patterns and shifts? Yes and yes. I love the weather. It's a part of me. It's a part of you. Weather is life.
2. Professional storyteller. Wait a second, let me clarify. I don't tell very good stories. i leave out important details. I rush to the end. I think some parts and vocalize others. I guess I could try making them up but i don't think i'm so good at that. What i mean is, I want to read to people, as a profession. Does this mean I like the sound of my own voice? Does this mean i should be an actor and lend my voice to audible books? I don't think so. I just like to read aloud and I like to be with the people I'm reading to. I try really hard to say the words, read the story, the best way i can, in the way it was intended. To not misinterpret the words or put the wrong emPHASis on the wrong sylLABle. I'm not great at doing different voices, something I could work at and I do, sort of. But I just love reading aloud. What i envision is being a traveling book-reader for maybe people who can't do it for themselves. Old people, blind people, sick people, kids. I'm thinking hospitals, assisted living centers, etc.
3. A tour guide of some kind. You take a tour and the tour guide has been doing this so many times and been surrounded by this information for perhaps a long time and they're friggin' experts. You have a question? They can answer it. I want to be an expert on something! You know? Something interesting. Something historical, mostly. Yeah. Historical. I feel like right now the closest thing I have is the Titanic. Blimey, I've never studied something so intensely. I just watched probably my 6th or 7th documentary that pretty much blew my mind. I have such a hard time retaining information so it's a good thing i've read and re-read every children's book ever written on the subject. Too bad I can't give tours on the Titanic, though. I'd say that's a pretty unlikely dream job. So now what?
4. A crewmember on a starship for the Federation of Planets. I say this is unlikely because I just can't close my heart off completely to this possibility. You just never know, alright?! Lately I have re-fallen in love with Star Trek The Next Generation. I'll be honest, like a fool, I haven't seen it in a good long while. Far, far too long. I don't know why. A friend and I were texting about something somewhat related, perhaps very loosely related, and I said something like "Oh man, I have been watching some NG and am LOVING IT." She texted back, "I know, right? Who's your favorite character?" And just as I started making my list (because of course I have one) she sent me hers, a ranking list of characters from New Girl. Uhhhhh... yeah. Super nerd alert. So i had to confess, and then offer up my list in both categories--mostly just to be amiable, because I don't really care about New Girl. But if you want to know Next Generation:
1. Captain Picard or Data. It's a tie. Basically they're all who I really care about.
2. Worf, I guess. I feel like I could tease him relentlessly.
3. Lwaxana Troi, Deanna's mom. She's so racy! I love it.
4. Geordi? He's so cheeseball sometimes. He's super brilliant and engineering and then he's making cracks and I just don't know.
5. Ryker, i guess. He's kind of boring but nice and reliable. Sometimes he's fun, sorta.
10. Wesley. He's so annoying! I even like the old doctor, Dr. Polaski better than him, and she's totally mean.
There are so many I could include in my ranking so I just sort of gave up. As I said, I only have eyes for Picard and Data. Anyway, I can't believe how much I didn't know I missed NG. It's like I'm 13 again, discovering it for the first time. The love is so intense. I literally have Star Trek dreams, wishing so badly I could be part of their world. I talk about it at length with Sean, and it goes far beyond silly chit-chatting. I delve. I'm so happy to know I'm still the same person I was when I became who I am, (a 13-year old). And it's brought up a very intriguing and difficult would-you-rather:
Would I rather join starfleet as a crewmember on the USS Enterprise -OR- live in the Shire? They're such polar opposites. But I don't know! It's so hard. Also, what would be my job in starfleet? Ok, this reminded me of one more side story. Just one more, I swear. Probably.
When I was in the sixth grade, our class visited a space center for learning nearby. I don't even know why this place existed, nor why I never visited it again, but it was set up like a bridge on a starship, perhaps there were other rooms too, and we were all given jobs based on what our teacher thought our strengths were. I think we also got to choose our top 3 preferences. I was fast at typing so I was assigned as the ship's recorder on the bridge. I think there was also damage control, captain, #1, and others. My job was pretty lame, but it did put me right where the action was and I didn't have to get in the middle of it, just write down everything that was happening and observe, which does suit my personality. Though secretly I thought i would make an ok captain. But it's fine, the person who held the job was just fine. Anyway, the whole thing-- I loved it. I remember just loving it, and trying not to let that love show too much. And this was before my introduction to Star Trek. So a little foreshadowing of things to come, i suppose.
Since the combined cold + rainy weather has all but killed all of my will, the only thing that keeps me hanging on is watching the show. I don't want Julian to watch a lot of kid shows but we'll watch some NG. Since he's happy to watch anything if he can get it, i got this great quote from him the other day:
Jen: Want to watch some Star Trek?
Julian, super enthusiastically: Oo yeah! I LOVE your Star Trek! I love it even though it's boring!
The best thing about this is I think "your star trek" means NG, and his star trek would be the original. It's ok. It's what he knew first. I get it. And of course it's ours. It's special. personal. Sean's is the original also, for example. Which one is yours?
Well, I got way off track with this list but I'm on such a high having talked about Star Trek for so long, I think I'll just end it here. I am always making additions to this list, though, of weird, unlikely dream jobs, so perhaps this should be a series? We shall see....
But also, do you have any unlikely dream jobs?