One of my newest online friends is Blaire. I love reading her insightful posts. I did a guest post for her a little while back and now she's returning the favour for me. Her post is super interesting, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!
Hello readers of Girl plus everything. I am Blaire at A Journey through writing.
Laura wrote a post for my blog about what she wanted to be when she grew up and I thought I would do the same for this post. I think sharing all the dreams of my younger days gives great insight into my life and it show how this girl from Oklahoma moved to California and now lives in Boston.
When I was younger the first thing I wanted to be was a ballerina. Then I went through a phase where I thought I would be a vet. After my parents got divorced my mom filled the house with pets and I loved taking care of them. But then I realized that becoming a vet meant I would not only have to care for little dogs like the ones I had but big dogs that scared me. Also later in life I realized I didn’t have the stomach for anything medical or the mind for science. I think I also wanted to be a train conductor, I watched the show Shining Time Station on PBS and it made the life on the train so glamorous. And that was all in the time of elementary school.
Throughout all this time I loved filling notebooks with little stories. My mom said I liked to write because I had a speech impediment from birth and writing was the best way for me to communicate, though my spelling has never been that great. Well over the years I thought about becoming a professional writer. When my parents and I lived in California I thought about moving to Southern California and becoming a screen writer. But then I thought about going to Southern California for school but then moving to New York, because of course all writers lived in New York. When I told my mom this plan she thought if I wanted to live on the east coast I should just move to the east coast after high school. She told me I didn’t know what was going to happen to me in school, I could meet someone and never make it to the east coast. Since then I was all about the east coast.
The next thing I wanted to be was Donna from the West Wing. I really liked her, she was an assistant to the deputy of chief of staff and while she didn’t make any of the decisions she helped in the decision process. She also knew everything about everything. But eventually I realized that to work in government I had a job based on whether or not the person I worked for got elected and that didn’t seem that practical. Also I actually had no interest in politics. So the next woman I wanted to be was Abigail Chase from the movie National Treasure. In case you have not seen it, she works for the National Archive, and she too knew everything about everything but she was sexy history nerd too. Since then I have been pursuing archiving.
I wanted to make history fun for people, rather it was writing in historical stories or working in an archive. My senior year of high school my mom and I thought about every school from Boston to Virginia. I decided that New York was too big and it seemed too scary to start off my adventure on the east coast. So my mom and I visited Boston and Connecticut. I fell in love with Boston from the beginning. I just felt at home in Boston and after I got my acceptance letter to Suffolk University all I did was talk about Boston, so much so my friends gave me guide books to Boston and my friend knitted me a little scarf for my new life in Boston.
I didn’t know it then but God was really directing me to Boston because I wasn’t following Him but since moving to Boston I have gotten back into the church and back in my relationship with Him. I can’t really explain it but I have been blessed by Him.
Pursuing my dream wise, I chose history as my major and fell into women’s studies as a minor. I am now pursuing my masters degree in both Library Science and History in order to be an archivist. While my dream job is the Library Congress, I think I want to work at smaller archive so I can really know the resources. But the more and more I make plans the more and more I am discovering to leave things in God’s hands.
Great stuff! I love Donna from West Wing too, she's all kinds of awesome. Who wouldn't want to be Donna when they grow up?! Although I think your current career course is fascinating. Thanks for guest posting for me Blaire!!!!