Taking a cue from last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance (which I’m guessing only myself and Jim West watch to represent that all important biblioblogger demographic), where they asked the contestants what they would be doing if they weren’t dancers, I began to ponder a similar question for myself.
Biblical studies is my passion, and I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else! But, if biblical studies were not my chosen career path, what would I be doing? There are three possibilities that pique my interest (in no particular order):
Being a lawyer would afford a certain level of financial solubility and I think would be interesting to try for a day. But I just couldn’t handle defending someone I knew was guilty. A psychologist takes me back to my first year of undergrad, when I was a psych major (for all of two weeks!). I’m not too terribly interested in the material after that experience, but in watching shows like Intervention and Obsessed on A&E, it doesn’t seem like being one is actually that difficult (a terrible reduction and trivialization, I know). But, I could do that! And while I don’t like to cook–namely because I dislike cleaning up afterwards–being a chef would be a fun experience. Not a cook at Red Lobster or anything . . . a real chef, like Bobby Flay or Mario Batali. My wife and I love the Next Food Network Star, and often end up discussing how fun it would be to be a chef. Of course, I am a terribly finicky eater (I hate lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, rice, onions . . . . ), so my palette likely would not afford me much success as a chef.
It seems based upon these reflections that it is a good thing I’m pursuing biblical studies! I can truly say it is my passion, and what I feel I am meant to do. But, if I weren’t, this is a hint at what I may be doing instead.
How about you? If you weren’t in biblical studies, what career path would you have chosen? What would you like to try?