I would have been more pro-active in my youth towards my future. I would not have "flowed with tide" on the work front. When I was young, I could breeze through an interview and often received multiple job offers, but they were jobs that only satisfied my classic underachiever mode of operation. Although my sister, brother and I were raised by the same caring parents, I adopted a blase attitude towards my independence. My college educated sister lives in Hawaii after accepting a lucrative, upper management position with the IRS and my brother went on to become a PhD microbiologist and head chair professor at UC, Davis.
Now, a few years short of retirement, I was laid off from my receptionist job and with little formal education, am competing unsuccessfully with young, college age applicants in a field I detest. However, as long as I am alive, I am using this time to pursue my artistic talents in writing and painting. And, I continue to look for a job that will sustain me while I try to make my mark in the endeavors I love.