Most often, I hover somewhere on the side of being a physician and fluctuate back and forth about my choice of family medicine.
It leads me to think about my ideal job. Here is a list of the qualities that make up a perfect career for me (at this moment “ it may change tomorrow):
1) My career would allow me to pursue a personal passion.
2) At the end of the day, the world would be a better place because of the work I did.
3) I would make a comfortable salary” nothing too grand but enough to live on without worrying about paying for college or an unexpected car repair.
4) OK, if I’am dreaming, I would like to be able to take the day off on a whim if it is very beautiful weather outside and I feel like it.
5) I would not ever have to get up at 3 a.m. on a snowy, freezing cold night and go somewhere to do my job.
6) I would be able to be creative and spontaneous.
7) My job would involve writing” I love to write.
8) There would be an element of the unexpected, surprising, or challenging every day.
9) I would be able to work with people I like and respect.
10) I would have energy left over at the end of my workday to spend on my husband and children.
There, I think that just about sums it up. Looking over this list, I have to say, that aside from No. 4 and No. 5 and sometimes No. 10, my job often meets those requirements. Maybe I am in the right specialty after all. Or maybe I was really meant to be a famous novelist.