I’ve had a lot of professional ambitions in my life that haven’t come to pass, and that’s OK because I’m quite happy where I am right now. But it is amusing to look back and think about what I wanted out of life at different times. Beyond the dreams of every kindergarten child to be a policeman/firefighter/doctor/grocer/banker/any other mammal from Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?, here, roughly in chronological order, is what I was serious about becoming at one point or another.
- Horse trainer/champion horse showman
- Actress, screen or stage – no preference
- Lawyer and later US Senator, a dream crushed when I couldn’t even get elected to student government when my class was only 144 people
- Foreign service employee*, consular track so I could help with international adoptions even though I’d probably just spend my days rejecting a lot of visa applications. I also wanted the free, intensive language training.
- Professional translator or interpreter. I can get by in a smattering of languages, but I’ll never be anywhere good enough in any of them to be a translator.
- Someone who works for UNHCR extracting humans from life-threatening situations and getting them across borders to safety. Still my dream job. Have you read my bio?
- Microfinance facilitator for a small non-profit in Central Asia
- Statistician/Data Analyst. I know, serious non sequitur.
- And…bestselling author. This one is still going to happen!
*I read a memoir once, maybe 10 years ago, about a foreign service officer who had worked in some of the most undesirable outposts and absolutely loved it. I think he talked about three locations – somewhere in Latin America, somewhere in Central Asia, and somewhere in Africa. He wrote about living in decrepit, sprawling mansions left over from the colonial era and all the random connections he made. I have been trying to remember that this book was for the longest time but no matter how much I search, I just can’t figure it out. If anyone knows, please tell me!
Curious about what everyone else is writing for the A to Z Blog Challenge? Me too! I’m featuring three blogs from my fellow contributors each day. Here are today’s entertaining, lyrical, beautiful, unique, informative, or just plain random discoveries: