At risk perhaps, of attracting weird attention, I have decided to throw a question out to cyber space.
What shall I do with my life?
For sometime now, I have found myself at somewhat of a crossroads vocationally speaking. And alternately vexed, frustrated, sad, excited, worried, unhappy and resolved because of this hiatus. Where to go? What to do? In the past, I have managed development projects, been an actor and radio presenter, worked in child protection, been a counsellor, worked with victims of trauma, been a political and human rights analyst for the UN, coordinated humanitarian projects, written a book, been a youth-worker, run a bar, been an outdoor activities instructor and even earned a reasonable income from cabinet making. I can draw a bit and take good photos.
But that only tells me what I have done and can do. Where to now? I have an open offer to return to Afghanistan and lead a smallish development organisation there. This appeals at many levels. I have an interview coming up with an international human rights organisation. This also deeply appeals. I have a second book in draft, and a third in the early stages. Appealing. Continue being a part-time troublemaker and agitator, and Dad? This too, is appealing. Which of these should I go with? Or none at all, and do something I haven’t thought of yet?
I can see that I am by inclination and my temperament, a worrier. I don’t mean someone who worries about interest rates or germs on the toilet seat, I mean a someone who worries about culture and faith and politics and human rights. An agitator, a questioner, an innovator, a muck-raker. I take things apart and see how they work and try to fix things that are broken: be they model cars, telescopes, ideologies, constructs, systems, assumptions, surfboards or ducks.
I don’t accept many things as they are. That makes me quite annoying to live with mostly. The question is, where does such a person find employment? In what kinds of jobs and what kinds of contexts can I both make a useful and perhaps unique contribution, have integrity, and be authentic to who I am?
Well. All comments, ideas, feedback, suggestions and job offers received, and considered, and an original signed cartoon or classic photograph to the winner.