“As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?”
As a kid, like everyone else, I changed my mind on a regular basis. For a time I wanted to be a marine biologist. I thought I’d spend my day playing with dolphins and swimming in schools of fish. My father, as a loving concerned parent, quickly explained to me that I spend long lonely years in a submarine at the bottom of the sea researching plankton. Of course to a 6 year old, that didn’t sound like a good idea. Then at 10 years old I wanted to be a sniper. I can’t remember where I got the idea, but I figured it would be similar to a spy. Jet setting and taking out the bad guys. My father then informed me I’d need perfect vision to achieve that goal. FYI, by this time I had had glasses since the third grade and my eyesight was steadily getting worse. So that was out, too. In middle school, I thought I was going to be a psychiatrist. More schooling that a psychologist and they prescribed meds, which meant more money. My parents approved, which meant I changed my mind. Then in high school I realized I wanted to work in television. My passion and obsession. I then got my bachelors in Telecommunications and Spanish, for fun. Now, when I got out of college my former contacts in the industry had either moved or couldn’t help me find a position. My mother suggested I try teaching in the meantime, so I wouldn’t be out of work for too long. You have to understand. My family is filled with teachers. I had grown up watching how much work it takes to actually teach. I did NOT want to be a teacher. But once I started, I realized how much I like it. So how close am I to my original vision, you ask? Not even in the ball park! Well….sort of…I do teach TV Production, so I guess I’m in the minor leagues. But it’s not really what I had originally envisioned for myself. But here’s the real question…Am I happy? Yes. Yes I am.
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“A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece – about you. What are the three questions you really hope she doesn’t ask you?”
I’m an open book. I don’t mind answering personal questions about myself. I’m that person that during “Truth or Dare” in middle and high school always picked “truth” and was never embarrassed. I stand by my decisions, past and present, and am happy to say I have few regrets. If I were to be asked, “What are your regrets,” I’m afraid my answer would prove to be a disappoinment. I regret the fact that I haven’t traveled more. I have been to many places around the world, but I have yet to visit any place in Asia. I would LOVE to visit Australia and New Zealand…I’m convinced that there’s something in the water that makes those people so damn attractive (Yes! I’m stereotyping an entire continent based on their actors…who wouldn’t?!).
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“What skill or talent do you wish you had? What skill or talent do you already have, and how do you use it?”
I wish I could be America’s next Top Chef! I love the Food Network and am always so intrigued by how easily these chefs are able to create just imaginative and savory sounding (I wish I could taste what they were cooking!) dishes. I can cook basic staple foods, but nothing too complicated. A talent that I am proud of would be my good balance. Having good balance helped me during my formative dance years, when I took 13 years of ballet and a hodge-podge of other dance styles, including jazz, tap, and lyrical. I still love to pick up a few dance classes in styles I’ve never tried before. The last style I tried out was Irish dance (soft shoe) – very fun, but I quickly learned I’m not built for it. Also, having good balance has helped my aim with archery and shooting. I want to continue working on my aim and have been thinking of ways to improve. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking yoga as a way to help improve my breathing technique and as a way to decompress…though I’m not sure if using yoga as a way to help my shooting would be an oxymoron. Oh well! 😀
*Note: This post is in response to Positively Smitten Magazine’s monthly writing prompt.