I have always been fascinated by the question of what makes some people pursue certain jobs, why some are attracted to certain vocations, and why groups of us are attracted to certain professions. Why does Joey want to work in a restaurant? Why does Jamie live and breathe the idea of becoming a beautician? Why does Mel dream of studying medicine?
People who always were motivated to guide their paths in certain directions are lucky; “Ever since I was 7 years old I knew I wanted to become a teacher.”
The majority of us, I believe, were not sure what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives, or where to go to find out where we belonged. I see the same pattern repeated with this young generation. Except that they have so many more options than we had. The speaker at my high school graduation said,”By the time you graduate from college there will be jobs in fields that don’t even exist today.” If that were true then, imagine what the future looks like in the 21st century for new employees-to-be.
For example, a revolution is about to take place in space travel. A soon as Sir Richard Branson makes space travel a vacation destination, how long will it be before intergalactic coffee shops appear, offering pleasure and the comforts of home? When will the first Starbucks open in the big dipper? If a meteor rips a space suit or cracks a helmet, where can a good tailor be found between the moon and Venus? How long can an person be propelled into outer space before cravings for hot fudge sundaes arise? And if a new Brad Pitt or George Clooney film previews back on earth, what self-controlled space explorer could resist being the first in his orbit to see it? Where will the ticket takers come from? Will space movies sell popcorn? What will happen to the tiny Coca Cola bubbles in zero gravity?
I give fair warning to Sir Richard Branson: there are many considerations to take into account before signing up civilian space explorers, and flinging them up towards the moon. I suggest you do your homework before propelling earthlings out into the void without providing for their creature comforts.