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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 26 entries…)
If you could do anything you wanted for a living, what would it be?

I mean do you have a passion you would love to indulge in, something that you would look forward to do everyday? Have you found that already? Are you trying to find it? What would your perfect job look like?



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Living In God's Exquisite, Miraculous Sufficiency 2014 is My Year to FLOURISH! Thank you, Heavenly Papa!

Living

This question has been asked numerous times and sometime I’ll answer and sometimes not. I just feel like it again right now.

If you could do anything you wanted for a living, what would it be? I’m assuming this is for pay or to make money from, but it’s to be an independent trader in the stock, futures, currency markets. I was doing that, but, it’s a long story. I’m working towards getting back that.

I love having my own space, own hours, no boss, can work anywhere in the world. It gives me freedom to raise my children as I see fit, have a good quality of life & freedom with my time.

That’s my very short answer.

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Ooops...

Sorry, didn’t notice the subject has already been explored… Thanks for replying all the same. All the best getting back to being a trader. Seems great. Freedom. Mmmhhh. That speaks to me!

molliemoonlight Will be last one standing on here! 43T :)

This...

or this…

or this…

(or similar)

Seriously. :D

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Awww....

re-connecting with the child in us, eh? What’s the first picture though? Acting? Singing? Theatre-ing? :P

molliemoonlight Will be last one standing on here! 43T :)

It's just meant to be

a visual representation of theatrical acting. :)

gottawonder Loves her tortoise!

As I've said before,

working with people bringing therapy animals to them, would be pretty sweet.

Having a bookstore with cats in it, and big couches in big windows would be excellent.

I am working on selling more of what I make, and though I don’t think you could ever call it “a living”, that is an enjoyable thing to do. I do it, whether I’m making any money or not.

There are lots of things I could do that I could be very happy. Working in a greenhouse, working professionally with horses, even just working at a stable, an artist, or even retail, if it was the right store.

So much depends on who you are working for and working with, how much pressure there is, and so on.

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

You're spoiled for choice then!

I know a few people who don’t even know what they like, because they are so used to doing what other people want that somewhere along the line they’ve lost that connection with themselves… I’m liking the therapy animals thing by the way :)

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iamcarson Wag More; Bark Less!

When I grow up and have UNLIMITED money

I’d love to be a movie critic. or a window-washer on really tall buildings.

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Interesting....

But do you really need unlimited money first?

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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

And...

Your clientele would be mature of course :P

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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Good!

Keep thinking. It will dawn on you sooner or later…It’s probably right under your nose…:)

nicolasc will be out of the picture a lot. Please don't take lack of response or reciprocation personally!

Hmmmmm.

There are so many things I am interested in, I think that’s been part of my problem. Today I think my perfect jobs might look like…

1) Vagabond Traveler. But somehow managing to do so and maintain some degree of comfort and security. But I’d want one of those sticks to carry with a handkerchief tied to the end holding all of my belongings. And a harmonica. And a pipe. Yes. Most definitely.

2) Professional Comforter. Just giving hugs and back rubs and and making tea for and taking naps with people who need it. I’d need some sort of grant to live on, because I would never want to charge someone who needed comfort.

3) Theoretical Physicist in a Big Recliner. Just lay back and read and look at the clouds and ponder how it all fits together and pontificate on all of my paisley-brained ideas as if they make sense and anyone cares. And somehow people would think I was so genius at this that they would give me money to live on so I could do it all the time.

4) Master Smell Maker. Um…the good kind. Just having bottles and bottles of natural oils and lotions and potions to mix together into wonderful stuff. And I would create smells just especially for people based on the smell I thought matched their personality. So you’d probably better be nice to me.

5. Head Chef in Charge of Chutneys, Spreads, and Magical Ice Cream Flavors. Of course, I would have minions to do my bidding when it came to the tedious work of chopping and roasting and peeling. My energy must be reserved for imagining flavors and tasting spoons and giving the final stir.

A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or Other "For every step ahead, we could have just been seated"

Chutneys, Spreads and Magical Ice Cream Flavours

When the sous chef was a lad, he envisioned his first ice-cream flavour: honeydew with candied rose petals. I did not dare be daunted and for that he believed me to be special.

The resultant ice-cream was wonderful.

nicolasc will be out of the picture a lot. Please don't take lack of response or reciprocation personally!

It sounds

delicately decadent!

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

quite sophisticated!

I can see that flavour attracting high end customers with lots of spare cash. Or maybe its just me :-P

molliemoonlight Will be last one standing on here! 43T :)

These sound like

the best jobs EVER!

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

wow

I see that cubicle slavery and the other rat race forms of business prevalent nowadays havent stiffled your ability to dream! That is admirable. Or is it that you have already broken your shackles and live by your own terms somehow? In any case, it might sound crazy but I think these dreams can be fulfilled. It would take some fund raising and hard work but im sure they re achievable. Seriously.

nicolasc will be out of the picture a lot. Please don't take lack of response or reciprocation personally!

Thanks for the encouragement!

I am fortunate that I don’t have a job that keeps me tied to a cubicle, though as with all jobs, it has its share of major frustrations.

I find ways to fit in some of these things in small ways, but yes, a job where I could do one all the time would make for a happy Nic!

Bedhead2 I can't believe 43things is going away- I'll join that other site

:)

Number 3 reminds me of a friend of mine. She would go down to the beach and set up a table with a male friend of hers. They would just put up a little sign that said ‘Free Advice’.
They would stay there for hours giving free advice to whoever needed any. I think she had a lot of fun doing this and met some cool people!

Actually, I just found her friend online!!
They made a little short out of their free advice table!

1st episode

2

nicolasc will be out of the picture a lot. Please don't take lack of response or reciprocation personally!

Haha!

Awesome!

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

lol

Pretty good!

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

Hmmmmmmm

I had the good fortune to be able to pursue just creative pursuits for several years. My job at the time in the healthcare field was becoming increasingly stressful (helping people was wonderful; the problem wasn’t the job itself, but some behind the scenes dynamics due to a staffer with substance abuse issues, and very poor management…) so my then partner suggested taking some time off. It allowed me to explore my creativity in ways that opened me up like a human sunflower, I just blossomed wide open! It was the most beautiful time. I landscaped & gardened part of the year, (w/my stepfather’s business) and the other part created so many things that I started doing small scale fairs and bazaars to sell my wares. (Mostly with my beeswax products, but some photography, some fiber arts and some beadwork.) In the winter, I would spend some days dipping candles by hand over the stove, to sell at Xmas time. On those days my house smelled like I imagine my own personal version of heaven might…..

I still create, I always will. But my current job for da gub’mint doesn’t allow for as much free time within which to give my creative self free reign.

I guess that’s my answer. I’d like to be able to be creative for a living. I wish I could make a living as a chandler of beeswax. With my own hives.

Or, a travel writer. A vintner. A percussionist. A massage therapist. An herbalist. A chef. Or all the above. Hee. (I kind of am all that already, but at dilettante or perpetual novice level, not professional level.)

I often joke that I need more than one of me to do all I want to do with this lifetime, and that there are times when I am so filled with creative energy I hardly know what to do with it all. But then, we all have universes within…..

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BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

I always wonder

what life would be like on this planet if we utilized more of our brain capacity…..

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

I'd like to think that

We’d be so fulfilled there wouldn’t be space in our lives for negative behaviour like war (in all its forms) for starters!

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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

That or...

We would tend to date people with the same interests as us perhaps…

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

Are you kidding me V?

If the average person thought more about what they did I’d be a raging nymphomaniac! I’d be in love with everyone! Oh….wait…..I already am…....

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Hmmmmm indeed!

I was looking up the word “creativity” in the dictionary and guess what it says? “BeeQue” ! :P

My goodness me, your creativity is kind of in a league of its own!!! You know what? Once again, I think you could make that lifestyle work for you. If you wanted to badly. No?

:P

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

Ha ha ha ha!

Ha ha ha!! Flatterer!

More, more! Hee hee.

That’s nice of you to say, Didy…......and perhaps one day I can do that again. Right now being a midlevel bureaucrat pays the bills. (It’s not entirely soul-less, I assure you….we help a lot of people, and I get every holiday known to humankind off, and paid! Woot!) Beeswax is becoming scarcer too….what with bees in such trouble, poor beasties. I used to buy from the largest apiary in this region; now they’ll only sell to larger operations that can buy thousands of pounds of wax, bulk, to my several hundred pounds a year. The larger operations that dip via machine have effectively eeked my kind, the hand dippers, out. I did find some recently from a local beekeeper though! Five pounds worth of waxy beauteous gold…....

Did you answer your own question yet?

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

My take on things

You still have an opening for your Beeswax operation! But in your position with such a good job, i’d have less motivation…Saying that though, you still got a plan B just in case.

You’re right, haven’t answered my own question so here goes!

I am a dabbler, a grasshopper by nature. so I cant see myself doing just one thing. I want to try my hands at different things:

I want to make music that appeals to the masses without compromising my integrity (music is my no 1 passion)

I want to write a sci fi book that becomes a best seller (Writing is another passion, although i should devote more time to it really)

I want to travel the world and speak as many as the local languages as possible, to really sample and appreciate the different cultures. (Languages is another passion of mine, maybe I could use this and be an international speaker on getting in touch with our laid back selves and unlock our creativity lol)

And the list goes on…At some point I want to go back to drawing comic strips, be an entrepreneur, perhaps also a philologist, then a scientist.

Oh boy, I need more than a lifetime too! :-P

A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or Other "For every step ahead, we could have just been seated"

I already got to do what I wanted

for a living right from the get-go. Success was due the matters of dumb luck, and, as was once explained to me enough times to penetrate my thick Luddite skull, of taking advantage of favourable exchange rates. It was – and to an extent still is – a once in a lifetime thing.

I think I’d like to have a cottage industry making one-of-a-kind sculpture and/or some wild painting involving the culinary arts, large patchwork canvases and sterling silver wire.

I want to learn to write poems on the side.

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

That is rare!

Favourable exchange rates, huh? I’m curious…. It involves lots of maths doesn’t it? :P

A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or Other "For every step ahead, we could have just been seated"

The Arts

It involved one’s being Canadian at a time when one’s U.S. cheques were cashed (an underhanded way of saying one’s personal success should be redefined; it had little to do with hard work or ability as an artist but everything to do with circumstance).

I was/am lucky anyway!

tikini wikini a fond farewell to 43Things

What-you-do-for-money

It became a sort of game style thing for me at some point. For several years I sort of vagabonded about making money mostly as a masseuse. Some fiber art. Eventually the stress of too little money combined with the natural oppression that beset women who rubbed bodies at that time and place overcame me.

Eventually the ordinary desk job I ran away to became something vibrant and exciting. The internet happened and my job became tracking global criminal networks. The device on my desk became a super duper pooper scooper.

You can only do that sort of thing for so long before the wear and tear on the psyche and the body becomes too much. I did this very mundane thing and took a test my company offered that helped you discover what you really want to do. Of course by this time in my life, all my early dreams had devolved into the weird puzzle solving work I had been doing, but I remembered when I wanted truly to be a National Geographic photographer.

So this test showed me a couple things about myself that I can’t say I knew. One is that I am a risk taker – more of a one than 99% of others who took this silly test. How much the test showed and how much sort of came to me as I thought things over is lost in time at this point, but I realized I wanted to come back to Hawaii. And live a different life.

So my sweetie and I sold our house and moved, built a treehouse, started a wedding business, and live beside the ocean. Right now. We indulge the vagabond by moving every few months. We are working our way around the island. The wedding business is intimate weddings only, so we don’t have a million things to balance.

So is this a passion? Not like the crime thing was a passion. I am doing photography for money and pleasure. I write wedding ceremonies. I get to create atmosphere and scene and plant orchids in trees and watch them bloom. I move freely between ocean and rainforest. Passion is something else, and oddly, I think it has to do with a time in life. I sit here and watch the shadows of clouds crossing the ocean. My dogs are anxious for me to stop this and come play with them. It is hard to envision a happier way to live.

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

my flabber has never been so gasted :-P

That is amazing.I’d love to bask in the sun, have a little business and stay out of the rat race…
By the way I always thought you were a writer…because your descriptions are pretty elaborate, actually it makes sense that you are a photographer in hindsight, you seem very visual…oh, that risk taking side of you is a predisposition to business and investments. I envy you, i’m rather risk averse! :-P

tikini wikini a fond farewell to 43Things

somehow it is all about being true to one's self

So you would embrace being risk averse, and grateful you are not drawn to the hair raising aspects of choosing an edgy path.

The amazing part for me was realizing that the risk taking is me made it suddenly more tolerable.

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Thanks for the advice

I definitely want to stay true to myself…although I still want to grow :-)

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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

well you know whats coming.

What is it? And if you get that kind of moneu or even half, you gotta share it!!! :-P

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tikini wikini a fond farewell to 43Things

So say you

For that kind of money you’d likely have to give up your ramblin’ ways, or at least get yourself a fancy boat or some such.

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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

hmmmmmm

It’s not some kind of hustling i hope!

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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

oh....

I like! Whats a kitty novel? Are the character kitties? :-P

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

Yes

and they are Emus and Bees as well. Welcome to the jungle…...

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

i see....

I ll check it out! :-)

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

Steady............

we can get a little raucous. You know how it is….a keyboard, a monitor, things can get crazy….....

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

perfect job for me...

I would like to be a veterinary acupuncturist with a thriving practice.

JWillow Here 'til the lights go out....please stay in touch!

and a piano

in the clinic for you to play and calm any nervous patients!:-)

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

Great idea!

That would be lovely!

wembleyheads please keep in touch! :)

Most certainly

I’d find a way to bring my kitties to you for treatment! What a tenderness in your heart for animals <3

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

If only the field of veterinary acupuncture

had existed 20 years ago. At this point in my life, I’m not in a good situation to move to an area with a veterinary school and dedicate myself to the years of training that would be required. I would sure love to help your kitties and all the other deserving animals!

wembleyheads please keep in touch! :)

Wondered how long it takes

and wound up at the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture trying to find out… and landed on a directory of vet acupuncturists. I’ve considered taking my kitty with GI trouble to one here, but wasn’t sure how to find one. Thanks for the push in that direction!

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

You're welcome

and good luck!

My only experience with acupuncture is with my dog, Sadie. It really helped her a lot with arthritis pain and also the nausea from chemo.

Bedhead2 I can't believe 43things is going away- I'll join that other site

My cousin

Does Veterinary acupuncture.

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

Oh!

Cool, Wren! I didn’t know veterinary medicine incorporated acupuncture! I can see you being very good at something in the healing arts field…....

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Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Hahaha!

Oops, shouldnt really laugh should i. Poor dogs :-P

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

not mine….....but my brothers…...oy. Ohhh, the poor Lab.Two of us holding him (the dog) while bro pulled out the quills….eeek. Then that lil brazen beastie (porcupine) hid out under the back porch, like it was it’s own personal condo for days......”Oh yeah I think I’ll hang out here and STICK IT TO ‘EM SOME MORE!!!” Picture this….me, my bro, and two cousins, trying to coax it out into a pet carrier and trying NOT to get quilled….....eventually, it did go inside. But not without a few moments worthy of a Keystone Cops slapstick episode…..

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wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

animals respond really well to acupuncture.

Sadie had acupuncture treatment for her arthritis and ankylosing spondilitis, and it was amazing how much it helped her.

mrsrad is reengaging with the working world

Kona also had

Acupuncture for his seizure disorder. He loved the vet and would lay on the bench calm and happy.

BeeQ, hangin round the 43'hood since 2006 BIG LOVE, THANKS & ETERNAL CHEERS TO THE ROBOT COOP & ALL 43ers!!!

I have wanted to

try it myself….but I don’t currently have any issues that would warrant treatment.

I do use acupressure, tapping (sometimes referred to as EFT) all the time though, just because it feels soooooo good and is so effective, for example, stressors at work; I’ll do a cycle or two of tapping and it’s like instantaneous relief….Or I often use it just to relax more fully when I am already feeling good. I don’t use the same method EFT proscribes, with the “Even though I…” blah blah blah phrasing. That language turns me off, it sounds codependant and defeatist to me right from the get go, so I use my own language, often pray while I am doing it, or simply meditate. I may focus on something I want to release, but it’s less about a repetitive phrase and more about focusing on positive thinking, deep breathing etc. I find it works incredibly well, tapping. I often use it in conjunction with Reiki.

Someday though, I really do want to give acupuncture a try!

JWillow Here 'til the lights go out....please stay in touch!

too many things?

Great questions & thought-provoking to the point of my re-visiting my inane knack for thinking I’ll fail if I do what I really want to do!

Given, I’ve already done some amazing things in my life; had some incredible jobs and opportunities but I flit around ALOT! I get bored easily and constantly desire the time and space to be creative, which I can’t do in the mundane of an office block.

I love to travel, write alot, draw, take photos, consult, share, care, instigate and facilitate.

Hidden amidst my life-long dreams, I’ve always wanted my own little shop – something quirky, somewhere quirky – selling odd bits ‘n bobs, 2nd hand, artwork by local artists, books, trash & treasure!

And, at the top end of my list, I’d also say I’d love to be a Travel & Restaurant Reviewer!

Who knows what’s around the corner?

Rudiano Bambino hangin' round 43T since 2K9...Sniff.

Never too many things!

Doesnt the adage go “the more the merrier”? Oh wait, it may mean something else …. But it applies in that sense too I think! Life is such a great journey when we embrace the possibilities it presents….Happy fliting! :-P

aka

I am cheering on your life-long dreams!

This little quirky shop sounds amazing and you’d make a great owner of it :) And travel and restaurant reviewer is another job that is you’d be perfect at.
Hope it will be true one day!

JWillow Here 'til the lights go out....please stay in touch!

Oh thanks so much

for the encouragement and your belief in me Naladka. The vision of how I’d have a shop set up and what I’d sell is so vivid in my mind, I’ve even drawn up a floor plan!!
One day, I hope these dreams come true too!


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