So, this is not the life for me. If i could do it all again, I'd snub the beatches in High School and have learnt a trade. My 13 yo daughter is thinking about carpentry and she'll get nothing but praise and support from me. I have a feeling she's more like me than she thinks. Not necessarily in the bad ways too!
So. What to do. Mid to late 30s is not too late to start again, but being the person who everyone relies upon to bring steady money home is a difficult starting point. So knowing that I need to study to gain a different job is a good thing, but knowing that I have to do it part time and it'll take an age to complete shortens some of my options.
If a magical mystical world was available, I'd travel back to the 70's and become a cop. I'd make a good Gene/Jean Hunt.
Like this morning when a bloke in a magna swerved over the line a little too close to my car. I'd have noticed he was steering with one elbow, while one hand held the bottom of a bags of chips and the other was grabbing food and shoveling it into his gob. Then I noticed his numberplate was hand written with texta on a piece of particleboard strapped onto his boot. Later when I got ahead of him in traffic, I noticed he had the matching set.
Now... how would it go....
*insert dreamy music here, as I travel back in time*
"Sir what is the meaning of this numberplate set? It's illegal and you must pay this fine."
"But I didn't..."
"And what is the meaning of you swerving across lanes as you drive along a freeway, you must keep both of your hands on the steering wheel, at 10 and 2 on the clock."
And of course, let's remember this is the 70's, so me hitting him upside the head wouldn't be out of place.
"Oh dear. Did you slip sir? Must be that oil on the ground. So when was the last time you had this car serviced" I ask as I pull out my fine book.
Yeah, I could do that. If some magical mystical world were true.
It's not. So I need to sort out options. I'm off to look into careers counselling. Maybe someone can tell me what is out there, and what I can do with my life.