What inspires me, in these tough times, about this, dear ones, is that Julia Child was in her mid 30s when she met the man of her dreams, her late 30s when she moved to France and her early 40s when she actually started her career as, what we might call now, a professional foodie. Sure, she had other jobs in her life, she had a good New England liberal arts education, she had a good life - but it was in her 30s that she discovered what would be the passion that drove her for the rest of her life.
This give me hope.
Your MatchGirl, as you may know, has had a few different jobs throughout her "career". But not one of them was something that she was passionate about. Of course, the type of person I am, I threw myself into each and every job I have had - long hours, low pay, nightmares about shoes in the rickety stockroom falling on my head... - but none of these places ever drove me. None of these jobs inspired me to do better, to learn more, to grow grow grow in a very personal way - the way that her discovery of French food drove Julia Child. But, the more I think about it, the more I know what I do want to do - or, more to the point, where I want to work. And the type of work that I want to do.
I used to feel crazy (and jealous) that so many of my friends seemed to find their passion - and careers that they wanted to pursue - early in life. I cannot even count how many friends I have who are passionate doctors and lawyers and teachers - who knew that they wanted to do this by their Freshman year at college. Not me. I knew what I enjoyed, and it was varied, but I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. The question, "what do you want to do when you grow up?" could be answered differently depending on the day, or hour, that you asked me for most of my life. In reality, I just want to be happy. I want to want to go to work because I enjoy what I am doing, or why I am doing it.
But Julia Child didn't figure any of it out - man, marriage, career - until she was just older than I am now. And that, my dear readers, gives me hope.
(image via The New York Times)