I want to live in a sitcom. I want the trials of everyday life solved in approximately 30 minutes. I want a somewhat glamorous job that necessitates a fabulous wardrobe and proper recognition for my efforts.
I am notoriously inconsistent with my career goals. To clarify, I know what I want to do for work (a professional writing gig of some kind), but I vacillate between holding an easy, stress-free job that pays the bills and a role that will challenge me and not force me to watch the clock. If I go with the latter, do you think I’d be more readily available to whip up a gourmet dinner for the family, complete a snazzy DIY home project, and socialize with my gal pals at a quaint local cafe? I certainly wouldn’t feel married to a laptop at home if I could leave my mindless job when the clock strikes 5.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of “The King of Queens.” I’m not quite sure if it’s the east coast setting, the timeless barbs of Jerry Stiller, or plain old screwball comedy that gives me joy, but I’ve been addicted to reruns for years. I envy Carrie for her legal secretary job in Manhattan, where I’ve always wanted to live. The show depicts her as dedicated to her work, yet she always has time to shop, host Sunday brunch, and eat Chinese takeout with her loving husband.
I wish I could have this type of work/life balance, but, alas, I’m not a sitcom character. At least I can steal wardrobe ideas from some of them.