Abby posted about what career she might have ended up following and I thought I would do a similar post.
I am not an ambitious sort of guy - all I really hope for is a bit of happiness for myself and those I love. I let others chase careers, fighting their way up the ladder or building their own business. I have drifted with life to see where it has taken me - and it took me to a great job. Not massively paid, but we get by, and the pleasure of working in a university more than makes up for it.
But had the trousers of time taken me in a different direction, where might I have ended up? I see two main options.
The Toy Soldier Sculpter
On and off over the years I have messed around with scuplting toy soldiers. Some good, some dreadful. For a time I was training with a view to making it my work. I was getting better and better, producing some that I thought were really rather good. I might have chased that idea, had it not been for one fateful evening. I was working away, having trouble getting a face to look right. Mrs RC asked if she could have a go at making a figure, so I gave her one of the frames that I was using as the basis of my figures and away she went. Within half an hour she had a masterpiece, far beyond what I was doing even with months of practice. My career ended there.
The Guitar Shop Guy
This is still something that I would love to do, given the chance. I would own the best guitar shop on the county. I would be friendly and helpful and would not sell anything that I would not be happy to own myself. And I would run a band club like a friend of mine takes part in where he lives in Canada, where people are brought together as temporary bands to rehearse a few songs and then perform them on stage a couple of months later. Bands without the problems that longterm bands often have - music for the fun of it. Yeah, my guitar shop would be the best...