I think everyone has their ideal or “dream job” but unfortunately not all of us get to realize this goal or wish. I am very fortunate in the sense that I, at the age of 26, got to realize and live my goal. Though sporadic, I cannot think of a job that works best to my interests. I get to talk to people for a semi-regular living. Not only talk to people, but educate as well as entertain. How cool is that? Now when I say “entertain” it isn’t all jokes and silliness. I throw curveball jokes in with my spiel, sure, but I am not trying to be the “class clown” with my position.
But having said that, at the same time, I am not going to bitch and moan about how my life has been a living Hell. That would be a lie. My life hasn’t been a bed of roses, but it hasn’t been horrible, either. Still, as ideal as my sporadic job is, I want to make it a more permanent thing.
My ultimate goal is to start my own advocacy business with the love of my life. I want to make a legitimate living off of what I love to do, and now that I have my foot in the door, maybe more than that, this goal seems within reach. Not to toot my own horn, but I am a damn good self-advocate. And apparently, I am not the only one who thinks that. If my job had thought I was a lousy addition, would they have kept me, paid me very well, and given me a promotion within 2 ½ years? I don’t think so. I have the respect of my friends, family, and fellow self-advocates in the Baltimore area. This is not something I take lightly or for granted. I treasure my position and standing in my field. I know one misstep and my advocacy “status” could be shot to Hell. That concerns me. I am wary to wear my company logo in public. Reason being, I know damn well if I say something offensive and I am wearing my beloved company’s logo, it would not only look bad on me as a self-advocate, but on the company as whole. I do not want that kind of image or reputation.
Actually, truth be told, I am somewhat reluctant in my role in the Autism community. I am not seeking fame, fortune or riches. I just love talking about my diagnosis and being honest and open with people. It’s weird but people actually listen to me and my opinions…and apply them to how they can better themselves! Kudos Tom!
But if what I am saying is applied as a blanket statement to all people on the Spectrum, that is my worst fear. I am just ONE person with Autism. I am not the only one with a story to tell. So in closing, I feel I am successful in achieving my ideal job. I want to hear from you and what your ideal job is and if you have succeeded in achieving that. Thanks for reading!