Yes, we are making you think this time with the Thinking Parents essay. I’m going to extend this to what if I never got married, because I really can’t fathom that I would be married without kids. I’d like to think that I would have done something really cool and daring if I didn’t have the responsibility of a family, but the reality is that I was never that ambitious. So I probably wouldn’t be doing anything particularly interesting. I’m a slacker at heart. If I ever won the lottery (well, I’d need to start playing first) I would have no problem quitting my job the next day. I’m not defined by my work. It’s a means to an end, so if I find a shortcut to the end, I’ll take it.
I definately would not have followed a sales career track without kids. I never wanted to be in sales. I fell into it and started making more money than I could elsewhere. BY the time I finished grad school all the “MBA” jobs were pay cuts, so I stayed in sales. I’ve wanted to bail out of sales many times, but I’m apparently good enough at it that a career change would entail financial pain I’m not willing to endure. I do have a horse to feed. So I’d probably be a Unix admin or some sort of code monkey, living on a beach. Without Michelle in my life after college it’s fairly likely that I would have headed back to Panama City, FL. I might have stayed there too. I also may have headed back to Kwaj at some point, although I don’t think I would have been a lifer there. I might have spent some time in Ireland too, either an extended vacation or maybe even lived there for a while. I don’t think I would have permanently emigrated though.
So I’d be a computer nerd living on a beach, Jimmy Buffet with a laptop instead of a guitar