Technology creates new job possibilities?

A friend and I were talking about surprising new jobs, like professional cuddling services. What a commentary on the isolated world we live in, that people need to pay for platonic human contact. 

We were mulling the irony of how technologically connected people are via social media, chat rooms, or even e-mails, but how it erodes simple face-to-face contact. It’s even tempting for my family and me to sit in our living room and look at our tech devices rather than talk. It’s a conscious effort to adhere to our rule of “no tech at the dinner table.”

I, ever the opportunist, have seized upon this concept to create some possible new job opportunities for myself. They are as follows:

Misery coach at Your Miserable Life

Going through a rough time? Can’t seem to find the energy to get off the sofa and stop moping? I will be your paid friend/ therapist/ chauffeur/ misery assistant/ walking buddy/ food service.

I’ll come to your house and encourage you to feel better. If that means talking for a while, great. If I can encourage you to walk or exercise, we’ll do that.

If you don’t have the headspace to even book an appointment like a massage or therapy, I’ll do that for you, then take you there. I’ll bring you food if you’re too depressed to  care for your nutritional needs.

I thought about the marketing aspect of calling a business “Your Miserable Life,” and considered holistic sounding names that might include words like “wellness” or “peaceful.” But nah. It is what it is, and if you’re miserable and you can own it enough to hire me, then you won’t mind the name.

Professional compliment-giver at Get Your Dopamine Fix

Have a low self-esteem or an insatiable ego? Are you reliant on Facebook compliments to give you a dopamine fix?

I will offer you the service of giving you compliments. For one hour, I will provide a minimum of 15 compliments, one Duchenne smile, and three platonic social touches.

We can do this digitally, though I can also meet you in person. In-person rates apply.

…So that’s the start of my White Paper. Any sign ups?

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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