All I ever wanted to be was a waitress

This week’s #LetsBlogOff asks, “What did you want to be when you grew up?” They might as well have asked, “What’s the purpose of your life?”-  that’s how seriously I’ve pondered this question throughout my life.

My Mom said when I was a little girl I wanted to be a waitress. I’ve never felt compelled to actually work in a restaurant, except for one brief stint in college where I lasted a couple of days at a slight step above a fast food hamburger place. I worked the register and was supposed to yell “zukes…shrooms… fries .. rings” as people placed their orders. I probably have the most annoyingly soft voice you’ve ever heard, so while I sincereley tried to yell as loud as I could, the cooks still couldn’t hear me. I didn’t last long.

I’m not sure what that little girl was drawn to in that waitress… Maybe it was the tiny pad of paper she carried (I’m a habitual list maker) or, the skirt and tennies she got to wear or, her magical ability to bring people anything they wanted. This was before I realized Dad was paying her to do this. I asked for a milkshake and she brought me one…  a pretty cool job, in my 5-year old opinion.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t have children, but my work has always been my world. I care deeply about how I spend my days. When my work isn’t right, I’m not right. The older I get, the more important it becomes.

I’m turning 46 tomorrow and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally found the profession that speaks to my heart. And, I appreciate how every job I’ve had in the past has prepared me for where I am right now.

I’m also realizing that as I build my health and lifestyle counseling practice, that the little girl wasn’t too far off.  While I might gently suggest a green juice instead of a milkshake… I’m finally able to help people have anything they want.  I’m going to help them live the life they’ve always wanted and I can’t think of a better way to spend my days… and the second half of my life.

This post is a part of the #LetsBlogOff challenge where every two weeks bloggers unite around a given topic. It’s a great way to build your blogging skills and cultivate your own unique voice. Here are 5 more reasons to join us next time.

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