There is something so special about girlfriends!
The kind you can talk to on the phone for hours. I just got off the phone with a very special friend.
We talked a lot about life transitions.
It brought up a whole lot of memories about all the many roles I’ve played so far in this lifetime, the ones I have taken on and the ones I have transitioned out of.
It also made me think about TITLES.
A long time ago, in college, I was asked to fill out a form with my name, my college major and my career title.
They wanted to know what my career goal was, what “title” I wanted after graduating college.
I was so stumped by this question.
There were so many things I wanted to be, an entire list that was too long to write in the little box on the form.
I couldn’t think of a specific title or word to describe my goal.
Did I want to be a lawyer, or writer, or television producer, or politician, or professor, or painter, or coach, or entrepreneur, or advertising executive?
After watching Indiana Jones in elementary school I wanted to be an “archaeologist” — the only problem was my large fear of little arachnids.
Then, in high school, I was required to take a career aptitude test. I didn’t like any of the options so I wrote that I wanted to be a “stand-up comic”. My test results came back stating otherwise. Apparently my aptitude, unbeknownst to me, was more in line with a “mechanic.”
As I stared at the college form looking back at me, none of these sounded right.
No title fit the bill.
I knew I wanted to be successful, and a mother, and a leader.
At the time I had no clue about the things I would end up being, including a:
paralegal, sports marketing intern, ad agency account manager, internet entrepreneur, internet failure, game inventor, brand manager of pr and promotions, brand manager of beverages and frequency, director of marketing and communications, casualty of a lay off, divorcee, consultant, friend, ever-changing human being.
And, for this year, I made a promise to be a blogger, every single day.
The Promise 365 has so far taught me many things, one of which is:
Being open to all the transitions in life is good for my head, heart, body & soul.
So, after all this time, after all the many titles I have worn, not worn, given up and transitioned out of, I still identify most with what I actually wrote in that little box on that college form so many years ago:
Name: Jamie Eslinger
Career Goal: Happy