When I decided to be an au pair for another year (with a different family), people started to tell me that I had to be careful to not get “stuck” in this job. Because it’s an easy one to get stuck in. I’ve had many friends who didn’t know what they wanted to do and were an au pair for almost ten years, without ever moving forward or doing anything to develop themselves further, but always saying that they wanted to do something else.
I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with not doing much during your time as an au pair. If you’re doing it during a gap year, it’s a great way to relax and get some time for yourself while exploring a new country and learning a new language. But if you’re doing it for a longer period of time, you have to find something that will keep you busy and help you develop your skills.
Right now, with the way my life is, the work I’m doing, I’m really comfortable and happy. I feel like I’m still making progress in growing my own business (if you’re looking for a translator, hit me up!) and in life. I constantly look for new things to learn and start new projects to keep myself busy.
Staying an au pair for a bit longer than I first expected is a way for me to keep doing what I want to do and to live in a way that I want to live. And to keep growing my savings. While I don’t know exactly what I want to do with my life, I do know what I don’t want to do. I don’t want a 9 to 5 job where I have to go in every day. I don’t want a boss telling me what to do and when to get it done. I want to determine my own hours. Doing what? I’m not sure. And that’s fine. I have plenty of time to figure that out.
I know the path I’ve chosen isn’t the most conventional, but it’s what I want to do. I’m excited to pursue the things I’m currently pursuing and I want to keep living the way I’ve been for the last two years. So to the people worrying that I might get stuck: I won’t. I’m just living my life in a way that’s different from the way other people do it. And that’s okay – because it’s what works for me.