I sometimes make comments like "In another life I would..." Obviously I don't have another life and can't alter my actual life so drastically to accomplish the things I'm about to list but it's fun to think of the wild things I would like to do if I could. Here are some that I have said in the past.
In another life I would...
...be a hot, well dressed CPA living and working in New York City...or Chicago
...be a drummer or electric guitarist in a rock band
...be a writer
...be the owner of a small used/vintage/collectible book store
The book store is the only one that I would ever even try to make come true. One of my accounting professors, Dr. Jane Baldwin, gave us a little questionnaire at the beginning of a semester to get to know us and one of the questions was "if you could do anything with your career, accounting or otherwise, what would it be?" I wrote down the book store. I love my current job and path and life, don't get me wrong. But there's something very enticing about the idea of taking care of shelves of old or unique or simply well loved books, having patrons come in and enjoy the aesthetics and scent of the place while they peruse. I have found such bookstores in New York City, Kerrville TX and Rochester NY, to name a few that come to mind. They have a character to them that draws me in and I end up finding books I don't know a thing about but I want to buy simply for their nostalgic quality. It wouldn't all be that glamorous I'm sure if I was the person behind the counter. It would most likely be more work than it was worth and probably wouldn't make it very long. But I can still think about it. Maybe when I'm retired I can find an old book store to work in or at least frequent.
Or maybe in another life...