When I was a little girl, I didn't want to be a princess.
Nothing against tiaras--rather, I lacked a proclivity for planning ahead, and, perhaps, the optimism that lets one dream. When I grow up... wasn't on my radar.
Later I'd say astronaut if asked, or airplane pilot, or The Incredible Hulk. The college years shook up my plans, though one could argue I'm nearing that last goal (Amy strikes most muscular pose here). After trying on an urban planning major, I graduated with a BA in theatre and a minor in communications. And although personality tests told me I should be a florist, I've tried most everything else, it seems.
As my blog description indicates, I have many interests. I'd argue they're all related on a basic cellular level, though you might question that if you caught me browsing through job ads. I head toward Social Services first, think to myself I can do that, then glance over at Construction. There's something about the phrase "must be able to lift concrete" that gets me every time.
But for a while now, if you asked me what I want to be, I'd whisper in your ear that if somebody'd let me, I'd work at the Y.
The Y is my second home, my church, my neighborhood bar, all wrapped up into one. I love the mix of people gathered in one place working toward the same goals; and because I love being right there with them, I allowed myself to dream big, and applied for a position.
On November 16, I will become a wellness coach at my local Y. I'll be in the first line of trainers that meet with new members, orienting them to the equipment and basic exercises and meeting with them regularly to keep them on task with fitness and nutrition. I'll get to walk the floor and coach and encourage the folks working out. Maybe--I'll have to check the job description--I'll even get to take to task the men who leave 45 pound plates on equipment and walk off.
I'll still write for fun and for pay, and I'll still keep with my theatre gigs, but I have a feeling I'm settling into a vocation, what I want to be now that I'm grown up but still growing.