Stories and jewelry, that is. More stories than jewelry, by the way. :D
I was in my thirties and questioned what took me so dang long.
I thought about my 15 years as a child & family therapist, and special education teacher (really, they were nearly the same job, just different workloads), and wondered why I had wasted so much time.
I mean, I enrolled in a Master's program twice!
Sure, I'd always adored books but never imagined I was good enough to write.
I'd written boatloads of papers, reports, progress notes, and journal entries, and knew I was getting pretty darn good at stringing words together.
I once even put "author" as my dream job on one of those silly email chains, and later, when I saw a psychic for kicks and she told me I'd become a writer, I laughed at the absurdity of it.
Looking back, I'm grateful for the path I took, and that I'd honed those skills in previous careers. I mean, I know my family dynamics and mental health disorders like the back of my hand ( go ahead--ask me a question. Mental Health Mondays, maybe?).
It helps with world-building in my stories, and certainly helped when my son had learning issues last year. During that trying time, my husband told me how thankful he was for all of my knowledge in that concentrated area.
I guess it just takes some people longer to figure things out!
And that's okay. All of those experiences led me on my path to ME! It's been like an awakening.
Some days I still question my sanity and my choices, but people in my life tell me I'm the most settled I've ever been. Like a void's been filled.
And I am. Settled. And Happy.
How about you?
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYBODY!
(powerfulintentions.org, awakeningresources.com, gapingvoid.com)