Right now, I am more than a little frustrated with this PhD business. This could be a major rut, or maybe I need to do something else. Maybe I still need to finish, and then do something else. I don't know. I don't expect to figure this out any time soon. I think it's healthy, though, to reexamine where you are and explore options from time to time.
I like to research other possibilities. All kinds of things.... plausible careers, not-so-plausible careers (i.e. the circus), because it makes me feel better about my choices, whether I take them or not. Sure, it can be thought of as an escape, but it also helps me figure things out.
I have figured out, for example, that I like problem-solving, especially when I can help other people. Once upon a time I was more shy and reclusive, and thought that I would never want a people-oriented job. Now I'm ok with that.
I have also figured out that I need to make art a component of my daily life.... not "when I have time" or "when the mood strikes", but a regular practice. So, in keeping with that goal, I crafted a "Plan B" notebook in which I can write down all of my musings about being an astronaut or a house painter or whatever. All my research goes in there. It's a simple little book with my personal touch added to the cover. That is all. But it makes me happy, and serves its purpose.