My alternative careers.....

I am not one to spend too much time dwelling on what have been, but I thought I would spend this morning blogging about what I would be doing if I were not working in libraries. Let's talk about radio. If I was not doing what I was doing, and I had my time again, I would probably look at doing a radio journalism qualification. I am especially interest in the Radio New Zealand style presentation and would love the opportunity to present my own show there. I love the knowledge, investigation and interview conversation that goes on when you listen to that station. I feel enriched every day when I listen to it, and I would love to be part of that. I think I am also pretty good at presentations (always trying to be better).

It's not much of a secret that I love to sing and I certainly would love to spend my life singing for my crust. I am conscious of the fact that in some ways I am held back by my lack of music theory knowledge and so if I could, and time could be had again, I would learn that at school to add to my abilities to aide me. Would I want to be a "star"? Quite probably, I would not deny the concept of fame, money and playing to huge audiences turns me on. But also, I would be happy being able to make a nice living singing and no more.

A writer? Well yes that appeals too, and possibly it is strongly linked to the radio stuff. I actually left school thinking I would become a writer. However, I was too young and too stupid and really it has taken me till 40 to begin to feel now is the time I would want to spend time putting my thoughts down in print. Watch this space on that one.....

Lastly, sommelier... I really only turned onto wine in my 30's, but the idea of spending time coming to know and love wine even more and then design wine lists for exclusive restaurants does appeal. I love the way wine can totally shape your experience of a meal and lift it to new levels. To be able to work with talented chefs and build an experience would be amazing......

Now, I will just note, this in no way means I am hankering for a career change. I have to pinch myself some days and remind myself how lucky I am to have been given the chances I have and be in the position I am in right now. When I say luck, it is in no way to imply that I have not earned it. I have earned it, but I also appreciate the fact that others have listened, appreciated and said ok, you can do this. However, if someone wants to make a me an offer. I am always open to discussion....... ;-)