So I interviewed a lady last week who in high school dreamed of becoming a teacher and working with kids, establishing community programs and stuff like that.
She was from Kentucky and in the summers she traveled to Vegas and worked with the schools there establishing adult learning programs and summer continuing education activities.
She did it, right?
Then she joined the FBI and was a special agent for 27 years. She lived in Philly, Vegas, Mobile (which is how she ended up in my neck of the woods), and when she retired to Fairhope, she became a Master Gardener.
Now she says her most fulfilling activity is working with the Fairhope-Point Clear Rotary Youth Club. They have a Junior Master Gardener program and last year she spent five months teaching 12 fifth graders all about horticulture, organic farming, community gardens, recycling, and more.
LTM: So would you say you've come full circle?
Cool Lady Interviewee: Yes. But I think everybody does that, even though they might not realize it.
Naturally, when I interview someone and s/he offers a reflection like that, I see if it applies to my life and where I am.
Way back when I started blogging I wrote a post about why I abandoned the dream of writing books as a teenager ("How High School Influenced My Writing Career"). I pursued a degree in English, taught high school one year, then went back and got my master's and became an editor.
I did that and PR work for 12 years before stopping and having children. Or more accurately, before my children stopped me. My little ladies weren't exactly planned, but that's OK. I get the best surprises...
And now here I am, dreaming of becoming a novelist again. At least now in my dreams I don't look like Jane Austin in that big ole dress scratching away furiously with my feather pen. (I revise so much, that would be a disaster.)
So I wonder Have any of you come full circle? Or were you just always amazing like that--You put the goal in your sights and never gave up the dream.
Personally, I'm glad I came back around. Love~ <3