After reading about the book Unlimited by Jillian Michaels on the blog of a YouTuber I follow, I decided to go for it and buy a copy for my Kindle. Having never watched The Biggest Loser, I know next to nothing about Jillian Michaels, but I was drawn to the fact that the book has guided writing prompts, which I figured would force me to think about what I really want out of life, something which is pretty crucial for me now since I really need to buckle down and decide what I want to do with myself in terms of a career and grad school. So, without further deliberation, I’m jumping right into the writing prompts.
The questions at the end of the first chapter focused pretty intently on figuring out who I am, what interests me, what sort of environment makes me happy, and what my values and ethics are. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to try to touch upon the majority of these topics by describing my “ideal day.”
On a perfect day, I would probably wake up naturally around 9am or 10am, to cold, gray weather with the threat of snow looming. I would eat a breakfast consisting of oatmeal with fresh fruit pieces and drink a glass of skim milk. After eating, I’d dress in jeans, a cute sweater, cute boots, and wool coat, and then likely hop a bus or train downtown (and spend the ride reading, of course). Upon arriving, I would stow my Kindle, pull out my iPod and listen to some twee-pop while exploring some quirky, eccentric shopping district or a farmer’s market or a flea market and probably buy some kitschy knickknack for my mantle or desk. After shopping, I’d grab lunch at a small, local cafe and watch the snow fall while either browsing international news or blogging on my netbook, or perhaps reading on my Kindle again.
With a full stomach and a slightly-emptier wallet, I’d likely either head to catch an art-house flick, or maybe get my hands dirty and work on a volunteer project (something outdoorsy like gardening or painting, were the weather warmer), or perhaps I’d head to the library and work on learning a world language or brushing up on my HTML and CSS. The end of my perfect day would likely entail sitting at my desk, in front of the window, watching the snowfall and nerding out in front some of a movie or a videogame, like Oblivion.
Going back and reading what I just wrote, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I am happiest when enjoying solitude, consuming comfort food, being casual (yet pulled together) and exposing myself to new and unique things; none of these things are particularly surprising to me, but I find it helpful regardless to have written that out regardless. How does this translate into possible career options? I’d be willing to be that I’d be happiest in a profession that allowed me a great deal of privacy and time alone when working and a degree of intellectual stimulation and plenty of opportunities to gain new skills; having a flexible schedule and a casual dress code would be also be excellent since I enjoy waking up naturally whenever I can.
This was a fun exercise and makes me believe that I will end up as an analyst of some sort, but I guess we’ll see!