Wow…on my second set of the 50 questions. I finally feel like I’m making some progress.
6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
It certainly wouldn’t be accounting! I’d have to say it would be helping people. I really like to help people. If I didn’t have to worry about pesky things like paying bills, I would love to start a charity where we’d provide people with whatever kind of help they needed. A loan…job training…interview skills…tutoring…whatever was necessary. The only requirement to receive help would be that once you were able, you’d have to give back and help someone else. That is the kind of work that would make me rich.
7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
Well, I’m an accountant and I work for a wealthy family…I’m basically their financial babysitter. So no…I’m not doing what I believe in. But I have bills to pay and I get paid well for what I do, so I keep doing it. Someday, hopefully, I will be in a position to do something different…something that is more meaningful to me.
8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
I’m 36 and I’m not married and I have no kids. I’ve spent so many years waiting for things…work to settle down, my career to be established, my relationship to get better, to buy a house, to be settled. I’ve always felt that there would be more time and that I’d get to having a family eventually. And now I’m 36…and I’m not married…and I have no kids. And I regret that. I regret that I waited so long. If the average life span was 40 years, I never would have waited. I would have had different priorities. I would have made having a family more important than anything else.
9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
I’ve controlled it some, but not nearly as much as I should have. In my career, I made all the decisions that have led me to where I am. But in my personal life, I sat back and let J control the course of things. I wish I could go back and change that a bit. I wish I could go back and take back a little more control. There are some things I wish we’d done differently. But it’s been a good lesson for the future. Only I can control my own happiness. It’s a lesson I will never forget again.
10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
Doing the right things. Sometimes you have to break the rules to make sure you are doing the morally responsible thing.
Come back next week for 5 more questions and answers.