I have a lot of things I would like to do in life and quite frankly, not enough life left to do them all. Thinking about all the things I would like to do ‘someday” keeps me up at night. That’s not to say I am not thankful for the weird incredible life I have been granted. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and enjoy the pursuit of knowledge.
Some people collect stuff, I collect experiences.
I have really great jobs right now (yes, two jobs) and I am taking classes for my master’s degree but I always think that if I had done my life differently I would have liked to have gone into the medical field, like nursing. After each baby I’ve felt more called into that field. I looooooved the nurses we had at the hospital and I enjoyed hearing from them why they liked their jobs. Caring and nurturing other people and utilizing medicine to make people better I think would be super rewarding and interesting. I looked up once what I would have to do in order to pursue that but gave up on that once I remembered I don’t particularly enjoy blood and I have zero math and science skills. I’ll just stick with watching Grey’s Anatomy for now.
Traveling is my number one favorite hobby. I love visiting new places and exploring new cities. I’m really lucky to have already seen as much as I have already. International travel is one thing I don’t think I will ever have enough of. My heart yearns to go to all parts of the world, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, I want to see it all. I want to wander down the streets of Paris, climb the Great Wall of China, lay on the beaches of Brazil… oh, all of it. My passport NEEDS more stamps! I’d also love the idea of living overseas for a period of time. I would really like for my children to have that experience of being immersed in a different culture and environment that is completely different from their own. Logistically, that’s probably not possible. I’m just not a big enough baller, yet, I guess. Finances, responsibilities, scheduling, obligations, there will always be a reason to stand in the way.
Because of the nature of one my jobs I am surrounded by people from all different nationalities who each speak more than two languages. Talking with them always makes me feel incredibly lazy because I only speak English, and even that is mostly sketchy… sometimes. I actually have around 12 hours of credit hours in Spanish from my undergraduate degree and I remember approximately five words… el hombre (man), la mujer (woman), el bano (restroom), la biblioteca (library), and el lapiz (pencil). Super helpful. Sometimes I wonder if I’m too old to learn it and really master another language, but I want to do that.
Other things I’ve thought about pursuing for funsies, you know in all of my extra free time (sarcasm): yoga instruction certificate, freelance writing, hip hop dance classes, and getting a PhD. There are a lot of other things smaller on my bucket list that I’d love to check off one day, from learning how to my sew machine to learning how to dougie. (record scratch)
Well, I never said I had to be good at these things.