Sassy in her pre-jaded glory
I don't know about you but I know that where I am in life is far from where I expected I'd be when I was a young dreaming little girl.
My earliest desire was to take pictures, I loved photography and would see images as pictures around me. Everything was a photograph and if I didn't have a camera with me it was a picture I never got to take. Like the image of the woman walking down the train tracks with two small children in tow, or the way the light danced on the water in the everglades. Missed opportunity.
Suddenly I was lost! This did not go according to my plan at all. Graduation was quickly approaching and I had no plan and my bachelors degree in psych would only get me a job as a low level case worker that would have me burned out quicker than you can say Chain Smoker!
But my darling Jimmy Eat World stepped in and suggested I apply for a Social Work program, and not just any but the #1 ranked and probably most expensive school in the Nation. That made me cry. I did NOT want to be a social worker! I wasn't going to spend all my money and education passing out Food Stamps thank you very much. And, even though I was reluctant to say so, I wasn't sure direct care was my calling anymore.
But even though I found my niche, I still felt like I was missing something. After five years in the field, three totally psycho bosses and a short gig as a Stay Home Mom, I now work in a field completely removed from any sort of social services and spend most of my time working with photographs...and I love it more than any other job I've ever had!