There are times when I wonder what it would be like if I was a completely different person. Who would I be? A successful CEO that jets their way around the world, conducting business meeting after business meeting in my Armani suit? A diamond broker? A grocery store clerk? A famous singer? I think about that last one a lot. Go figure.
As a writer of romantic fiction, the possibilities are endless and not only do get I to live through my heroine, but I get to live through every character on each and every page. I can have millions of dollars, be able to pay all my bills, have everything I could ever want, only to worry if my spouse is cheating on me with the tennis instructor. I can be a witch with immense powers, fighting a battle for good against a terrible evil only to find out that I must choose my life or that of the one I love. (Okay--that one is my story.)
I can clean teeth or be a storm chaser. Sell cars or traipse through the jungles looking for lost civilization. Own a restaurant or be brave enough to try exotic foods in every country. Send my kids to boarding school or find creative ways to teach them at home. Look in the mirror and apply make-up for a photo session or stare into the mirror and see the wizard of my dreams standing behind me with his wand in hand. Excuse me, um, sorry about that. I've gotten a little carried away.
As children, we dared to swing on vines in the woods, jumping from ravine to ravine, not thinking about the danger of the what-ifs. We held on to that rope and swung out over the river. We dropped with a yee-haw and never worried about hitting the bottom.
I guess my point is this. We can be a million and one things, yet most of us probably chose the path to success. What job would get us there quickly. But we lost the adventure of life along the way. I asked my friend Chris Behrens for some topics to blog about. His list was about a page long. Interesting fellow! This one struck a part deep inside me, made me think, made me wonder. I hope you will too.
Would you rather have an extremely successful professional career and unexciting private life or the other way around?
SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi