I am not someone who is very good at living in the moment, at enjoying what I have without worrying what will come next. Currently, I am taking a stab at fighting that instinct, backpacking through Europe without much in the way of plans or professional opportunities waiting.
Still, I think it’s worth making it clear to myself what it is I want.
- I want to write.
- I want the ability to travel, particularly for extended periods of time, but also the option to move away from much travel as I become more established.
- I want to be able to work on larger projects, aiming to be published.
- I want to be able to try new things, rather than getting caught in a restrictive work environment, like many newsrooms are characterized.
- I don’t want to drive, but whether I do or not, I want to commute less than 30 minutes, perhaps instead by bicycle, train, bus or walking.
- I want to work towards having security enough to buy a home and make it my own.
- I want to develop a valued reputation among peers.
What do I want to do? I think mostly to avoid ending up on Angryjournalist.com. There are journalists known for enjoying their work, which should be sensible, but I do note what I listed aren’t necessarily related to journalism.
What do you want to do?
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