Posted 8/28/2013 9:32 AM (GMT -6)
While several excellent points were made throughout, you left a few lines of inquiry unplumbed, perhaps due to a lack of research into the subject. When you add impatient partner, ending of insurance, and chronic pain conditions into the mix, the cognitive dissonance becomes anxiety about the future, which further increases the stakes for a job that has some cred. Also, the artist card only works if you are actively pursuing the art, though I have an idea for a social history... ahem.
Add to the fact that I am kinda sorta from "po white trash", low-income but high-achieving, as I used to tell my kids at the HBCU. While I may not have been a first generation to college, I was indeed a low income, single-parent, full scholarship kind of girl. An evil "2 percenter" is verrrrrry funny in one context, but in the other, just whacked.
The blank canvas of the dream job includes helping people. I would take a huge pay cut but with insurance and work with inner city kids, tutoring and getting them to college. I applied for a few of those jobs. Even applied for a job working at the prison library, which didn't pan out but I did get a thoughtful and personal no thank you.
I need some durn structure, and heading to the food bank has an ulterior motive. It's right next door to community action, and up the street from social services. Partner would prefer I didn't indulge my 'wanting to make things better' part of myself (he is a little too bourgeois for comfort), but for me it sounds perfect.
So, a sound structure, many valid points leading to the conclusion, which, while moderately accurate, suffered from lack of research. A-