I don’t have your average academic career. I don’t even have your outlier academic career.
But what is an academic? And what is an academic career? If it’s what I don’t do (or haven’t done in my various jobs) then being an academic is basically a) being securely employed while being eligible to apply for b) sabbatical and c) research grants.
In which case, I would love the first, appreciate the second, and curse the third for now being the main pivot of my newlywholly legitimate Academic Career.