Monday, 7 September 2015

Question of the Month (7th September 2015) What's the best job you've ever had?
Anna Nordeman





What's the best job you've ever had? 

Question of the Month (7th September 2015)

Here is my answer to your question, Michael:

I wrote a long story about one of my first jobs, which made me stop and think about my career. Unfortunately, I have never had a job that I have even liked.  I cannot answer the question 'What's the best job you've ever had?' because I have never ever been happy being someone's employee. 

I had my own small firm for many years and worked as a free-lance illustrator for many different advertising agencies and some book publishers. But I don't feel very successful. The compitition was fierce and I regret even trying to make it in that branch. I wasted precious time that I could have used to do other things that have a more lasting value.

I am trying not to dwell too much on my past mistakes, because feeling like a failure drains the energy and psychic stamina that I need do what I am trying to do now, which is to just keep going.

I am trying to avoid setting up impossible goals that will only make me feel depressed when I fail, and instead, give myself small goals or 'baby-steps' to accomplish. So that I can feel good and pat myself on the back and still have enough energy to continue working.

Instead of writing about the best job I've ever had, meaning a glamourous and well-paying job, I'd like to say something about the very best 'job', meaning the very best 'role' in life that I have ever had or ever will have: being the mother of my children, Erik and Elisabet. Nothing at the employment office will ever top that.

Here is a photo from a visit with our dear friend, artist and designer, Forse Gnista, on 20th June 2015.

Pictured from left to right are: my son, Erik, Forse Gnista, Elisabet's friend Moa who lives next door at the farm, and my daughter, Elisabet. 

On the wall behind these four clowning friends hang the paintings of Forse's father, Erik Gnista. Just above Forse slightly to the left is Forse himself at age four or five, painted by his father when Forse was asleep. 

We had fun that day.

Erik, Forse, Moa and Elisabet

Best wishes,





First Commenter:
Mary Aalgaard 
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Mary Aalgaard said...

Fun family photo and great artwork. The job of mother is the best in the world, totally exhausting, and worth every minute of lost sleep.
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Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Judging by the happiness on your children's faces you're pretty good at the role of mother.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Being a mother is an honorable job. So few do it right.
Everyone seems to be having fun in that photo!

Toi Thomas said...

It's true that many of the best jobs or roles don't pay anything, but don't you wish they did. :D

Unknown said...

I'm sad to hear that you haven't liked any of your jobs, but I'm happy that you get fulfilment from parenting :)

Janie Junebug said...

Nothing is better than being a mom.


Tamara Narayan said...

Motherhood is definitely the toughest job I've ever had, but I can see why you picked it.

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