Perhaps you’ve read this story already. Westword, an alternative newspaper in Colorado, is hiring a marijuana reviewer to identify and critique the many legal cannabis dispensaries cropping up in the state since voters approved a measure to decriminalize medical marijuana possession.
What is the standard salary for a marijuana reviewer? Very little, according to the official advertising for the job. “Compensation will be meager” and the paper can’t pay for marijuana purchases. But applications, which required an essay “What Marijuana means to me,” have been pouring in by the hundreds, as libertarians, fans of marijuana and out-of-work writers jump at the chance to cast judgment on the state’s new merchant class. “The essays continue to pour in — some silly, some actually spelled correctly (many potheads don’t seem to care for punctuation), some very sincere,” wrote Patricia Calhoun, Westword’s editor-in-chief. (Read a sampling of submissions.)
Many choose to forgo greater monetary reward for satisfying work. We call it finding your dream job. The response this week to Westword’s search for a marijuana critic is a reminder that some jobs are worth more than the salary and benefits to those who seek to hold them.
Reality keeps many of us grounded in practical jobs, and for some, a dream job exists only in imagination. But we all dream about finding that job one day. A few hundred fans of Colorado cannabis believe they found their dream job.
What is your dream job? Does it even exist (who would have thought marijuana journalist was a real job?), and what it take for you to pursue your dream job? Maybe it’s not a job but a situation that lets you work from home or return to school. Please share your comments below or write us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share your dream-job stories.