a calling. and stuff people say

26 Jun

Day 25 – What did you want to be when you grew up? Why and/or how did that change over time?

i wanted to be a couple of different things actually and i was pretty set on each of them. when i was really young i wanted to be a dolphin trainer. i was fascinated by dolphins and other sea life. i even dressed up as a dolphin trainer – complete with a cardboard dolphin jumping through a hoop – when i was in kindergarten. over a few years this became a marine biologist which sounds a less hooky. not entirely sure why this love for the intelligent water world creatures diminished but it did. around 4th or 5th grade i decided i wanted to be a doctor. an oncologist specifically. i drew pictures of tumors. i read grey’s anatomy. i built models of the human body. i even tried to (unsuessfully) grow a tumor on a carrot in enrichment. in high school i still liked the idea of being a doctor but i started writing a lot and thought that perhaps that would be a nice career choice. my first year of college (at a school that was akin to a trust fund hippie summer camp) i very much believed i would be a writer. and then i transferred to a more reality based college and went pre-med. only problem was my lack of math skills. so when i finally went to very large university to finish my education i wasn’t sure exactly what i wanted to do but i knew i wanted to be involved in social justice issues. someone mentioned law and i decided that sounded like a valid place to try to make changes within the system so i went to law school. never really with the intention of practicing law. and while in law school i also decided to get a masters in public health policy and administration. what did i want to do? well my dream job was a a judge on the inter-american court of human rights. far fetched i know but it would be amazing. instead i ended up volunteering and then working at a hiv/aids non-profit in the legal department where i started an immigration clinic. this became my new passion. i left there and started working with an immigration attorney while finishing law school and then shortly thereafter. but alas since she was unable to compensate me i had to look elsewhere for stable employment and i ended up at a huge legal publisher in a number of different positions (none of which i really enjoyed) while taking a few cases on the side. and that brings us up to now where i am officially a stay at home mom. and honestly – this is the best job i have ever had.

Day 26 – What is/are the best piece(s) of parenting advice you’ve gotten or can give others?

people say so many different things to you before you are pregnant. while you are pregnant. and once the kid or kids are out it certainly doesn’t diminish. of all of the things i have been told i think the best was: just go with it. if you are doing the best that you know how things will be okay (even if they might not seem like it at the moment). another one that i like is to get to know and love your children right where they are right now and try not to dwell too much on the future. it will be here before you know it.

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