Wow! Lots of good thoughts here. Thank you, all. :)
I have thought about teaching. I do well with kids/teens and I'm currently "employed" teaching riding lessons, so teaching is definitely something I have thought about incorporating into a history degree. My friends think I'm too awkward/strange/"zany" for it, but parents and kids always like me and I think that's probably what counts in a teaching setting...
The private college I'm considering has a really great teaching program as well, the public college either doesn't have one or it's not one of their strong points because I've never heard of it.
I'm leery of IT jobs because both my father and my brother are in those fields and my dad currently is employed in his first IT job (non-self employed) in ten years. My brother can't find work at all. Not to mention that I'm like that stereotypical "older generation" computer user that couldn't find her way around a computer if my life depended on it, only young.
Like the point Faceman made, when I was about to graduate high school, we were all pushed towards teaching as the "best", "most stable" career we could find. Well, only about 3 years later, teaching is one of the most unstable careers you could have!
I'm leery of choosing a degree that I have really no interest/ability in (IT, healthcare, etc) and having it be obsolete by the time I get out of school. If I had interest or ability in those areas, I'd go for it, but I really really don't.
I really appreciate your thoughts though, I have some great things to think about like if I were to commit to a degree in history, what kind of job would I be heading for? I like the jobs one could get with a history degree but I don't have a specific one in mind.
I don't really care about money either, as long as I have enough to get by and have a horse, I'll be happy. Giving lessons basically comes up with the money to keep Lacey so all I'd really need was money to survive on myself. Obviously I can't teach lessons on Lacey for forever but when the time comes for that to stop, I'm sure other options will come up. She's really not expensive, just about $50/month.
I don't have expensive taste, I'm fine+happy with finding nice cheap clothes at thrift stores, I don't eat out and I have to make my own food due to some dietary needs I have so I never buy "pre-made". I really have no problem living a simple life and not amassing hoards of money.
There are a lot of things I'd like to do, outdoorsy type jobs, but at least out here, only the very select VERY lucky get any chance at those jobs.
What's a "trades type education"? Like a trade school? The only trade school we have around here are basically culinary schools, the art institute (I'm good at art, but I'd prefer a secure job to the life of a starving artist), health care schools, paralegal training, etc. Nothing that I can see going much farther than a certificate or whatever you end up with from one of those places....
I really appreciate all your thoughts! Keep going!
There's always been a lot of fog surrounding what I might want to be, inside my head, and I feel like this discussion and all your points is helping that fog clear, little by little.