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Why Build a House at the End of the Road?

When thinking about one’s career, certain preconceived notions act as warning signs. One such notion is that once you’ve started down the road toward a career in a particular field, you must never deviate from it in order to be successful.

Most of us know that the notion is nonsense, but it persists nonetheless. Part of it may come from the mindset held by our parents or early teachers, who pushed us to decide early what we wanted to do with our lives and stick with it. Security in career was encompassed one’s entire future during the 60’s, 70’s, and beyond.

A funny thing happened on the way to the future. It shifted direction with technology. Few people now continue in the same jobs/careers from high school and college all the way to retirement. Ours has become a society of workers who, through economic demands or personal preference, have stayed with a specific career until something else came along to capture our interest/passion.

There’s nothing wrong in that. In fact, the desire or need to change is a natural one. When we expand our horizons, we are mimicking the Universe. It, too, continues to expand each day. With expansion comes a stretching of the mind and one’s knowledge of self and the world. With knowledge is the potential for understanding. These are good things.

Today, you could say that just because you’ve taken your career down a specific road, that doesn’t mean you have to build a house at the end of it. If you start out as a writer/poet/painter of one specialty area, you can always move to another area of endeavor or another aspect of your first chosen area. The latter is also in keeping with expansion.

The other benefit to expansion of thought, activity, etc. is a freshening of life. The world begins to take on new colors. Attitudes shift with changes made, as well. New friends become compatriots.

I ask you, now that’s it’s been brought to your attention, why would you build a house at the end of the road you’re walking now?

If you come up with an answer to this question, please comment and let me know what it is. I love questions with answers. They spark debate and that’s a good thing.

Until later, a bientot,





  1. August 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I agree, you never know where your career might take you especially in today’s world. Technology has made so much information readily available to be consumed by those with a thirst for knowledge. Engineers can learn about and participate in the literary world. Writers can explore the any topic that peeks their interest whether it be in the medical field or within technology itself. This multiplicity in careers is a positive thing if done right.

    To answer your question, I can think of several reasons why one might build a house at the end of the road they are currently walking. Maybe they are a lawyer, doctor, scientist, or engineer. I feel that these career paths take years of training, specialization, and dedication. If you’re good at it and it’s something you enjoy doing, then sure, stick with it! That’s not to say you shouldn’t fill the house at the end of the road with diferent and interesting items.

    Some of the best advice my grandfather gave was to find something you are good at and be the best. However, you must know that while he was a very accomplished engineer, he was also a man of many talents and interests. I believe it is important to fill your life with hobbies and interests outside of your career. Sure these hobbies and interests may lead to another career, but they also might offer some wonderful transformation within your field. It’s about being well rounded, aware of your surroundings, and yourself.

    For writers and aspiring writers I think it not only imperative to explore many roads, but that it is a defining characteristic of who we are.

    Thanks for letting me share! Love your blog!

    -Fisch n’ Quips

    • claudsy
      August 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      I can agree with what you say, Fisch, wholeheartedly. For me, the question is whether the end of your road constitutes that end of pursuit, sitting on your laurels, and never moving forward again. If one can’t stretch themselves, even a smidgen, to explore other portions of themselves and their potential, they have done their lives a disservice.

      I don’t think it matters what the job is that one pursues. They could be the best ditchdigger in the world and think of it as their career. But if that is the only aspect of their lives which gives them pleasure and gratification and helps define who they are as a person, they’ve reduced their life to barren one, don’t you think?

      If that ditchdigger, instead, works to improve parkland area, teaches adult literacy, or perhaps fosters children with the rest of his time, he’s stretched himself toward other pursuits which define him in so many other ways. His house has grown, has you say. He’s added new rooms with interesting furnishings for his pleasure as well as that of others.

      I do like your grandfather’s attitude. I bet he had lots of outside interests and lots of friends.

      thanks for the discussion, Fisch. I’m glad you liked this posting. Hope you come back often to shoot the breeze.

  2. September 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Throughout the years, I’ve worn many hats. I’ve had so many jobs/career moves my head spins just thinking about them all. And even though I’d like to think I’ve found what I want to do for the rest of my life, there are no building plans in the works for that house on the end of the road. Call me a gypsy.
    Heck, in the past year alone, I’ve tried different things within the scope of writing.
    I think of myself as ever evolving.

    • claudsy
      September 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      I think that if a person is lucky, she/he never stops stretching themselvs, their interests, and their skills. Otherwise, life becomes stagnant and a matter of sheer existence.

      Thanks for popping in, Denise.

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