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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What do you want to be when you grow up.

O.K. thanks for b-day wishes, and part II of turning 30, career. When I was little I really thought I'd be a professional baseball player. I think I knew the odds were slim, but I'd overcome them. Then when that dream kinda ended (I still may be discovered on the Central Park softball fields) I wanted to be an architect. Then I figured I was too good at math, so I chose civil engineering.

Now, back track a bit. I loved Legos growing up and built stadiums out of them. Now I'm a structural engineering working on a baseball stadium. Not bad, huh? But what do I want to be when I grow up?

I like my job o.k. but not the industry, which tends to over work people until they jump off a building. But at 30, and after working for a few years, I feel like I know what I want out of a job more than ever, so I feel good about it. I want to be challenged at work. I want to do meanful work. I'm proud of civil engineering and feel like in a certain way we serve the public. I like to say civil engineers have added more years to your life than doctors have. I don't want to just push money around. It'd pay better, but I don't think I'd have as high of a satisfaction. I'm not putting anyone down, just telling you how I feel. I also want to go home at 5:30 or 6:00 and have the weekends off. I think I'm a motivated and hard worker, but there is a long list of things I like to do outside of work. I enjoy my softball leagues, I like to have time to read books, I like to jog, I like to go to events (performances, sports, etc.), I enjoy teaching Sunday School at Church, and I like to spend time with my wife and soon to be baby. I think this makes me better at my job as well.

So, at 30 I feel like I know what I want out of a career more than I did when I started. And I'm looking for it, and have some nice leads.

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5 comments:

Bubba's Sis said...

Actually when you were real little you wanted to be either a truck driver or a baker.

And you wanted to be Johnny Cash.

cjh said...

Well, my vote is definitely for Johnny Cash. Thanks for continuing the installments. I only have a few months left to become as wise as you, Bubba.

Navy Son said...

Oh the thoughts in Bubba's head, what do you mean you add more years to ones life than a doctor? Thats absurd....just plain silly... no but seriously do you?

Bubba's Mom said...

Actually, I do remember the thing with Johnny Cash. But, I love the path you chose. Good things lie in store.

Bubba said...

Civil engineers have provided you with clean water through water treatment, waste water treatment, water distrubution systems, save highways and bridges, earthquake resistant buildings, damns that create lakes for all sorts of thing, etc.

In fact, they found out about maleria while constructing the Panama Canal and discovered the "bens" while doing the cassion work for the Brooklyn Bridge.