I think it is human nature to occasionally dream about how different choices could lead to a different life.
What if I’d pursued the path of attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy instead of the closer University of Southern Mississippi?
What if I’d chosen to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland instead of the University of Rochester?
In either case, I would have never met Mr. O and would have a completely different life now. Even what seems like a smaller choice could have a big impact on what you do in your life.
Which brings us to a related question for the TOS Blog Cruise this week:
If you didn’t homeschool, what would you DREAM of doing?
This is something that does come to mind at times. If I wasn’t homeschooling the boys, would I be back in the workforce. Beyond just whether I would be working, there is also the idea of what I would be doing?
Would I choose to use on of my previous degrees (chemistry, neuroscience, and business/marketing)? Or, would I pursue a dream?
Well, I can say that I had the opportunity to have a taste of a ‘dream’ job for a while before Little J was born. I spent 6 months as interim Music Ministry Director at our parish in Maryland. This job allowed me to blend a love of music and love of Catholic liturgy. And, it was a job that would be a dream to have for the long term.
Compared to other jobs I could pursue, music ministry doesn’t pay nearly as well. But, it would allow for that integration of doing something you love along with ministering to others in the process. As someone who has realized that she has a heart for service, the pursuit of just money holds less appeal.
Thankfully, I can enjoy using my (meager) musical talents on occasion at our church here in Alaska. And, I can dream that some day I might be more involved in music ministry again.