I cannot believe how much of a 180 my life has made in the past year. The changes that can occur in a mere 365 days are so shocking, I would have never believed someone if they had told me my life would be what it is right now. In fact, I probably would have given them several pamphlets for mental institutions.
Most notably, my career is headed in a completely different direction than anticipated. I had been enrolled in a Masters of Marine Biology with Northeastern University. I was going to spend time in Nahant, MA, Panama, and a town just outside of Seattle, WA. I was going to continue on to a PhD in Biology or Marine Biology and teach at the college level. I had zero intention of living at home, working as a substitute teacher for a year, and being so phenomenally impacted by those students that I enroll in a Masters of Education program.
I never anticipated not living in my childhood home. In late January, my parents found their dream home in the same town that we have always lived in. I never thought that I would call any other house “home” than the house I came home from the hospital to. The house that my mom swore she would never leave because she loved the view so much. Quite literally, the house that built me and made me who I am today. That house kept me warm and safe through skinned knees, heartbreak, and those treacherous teenage years. It was my sanctuary when I needed to get away for a weekend from college. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love our new house. It’s beautiful and warm and I wish that I had the opportunity to grow up in a house this magnificent. It’s just a complete shock that I am no longer living in my childhood home and will never be able to return there.
On a more personal note, there are individuals who are no longer a part of my life who I was convinced I would have around until one of us passed away. People whom I trusted. They had made promises to me and I was naive enough to believe they would keep them. Looking back now, I should have been a little more skeptical. If nothing else, it was a wonderful learning experience. But this past year has also brought some wonderful people into my life. Tim Polhemus, for example, is my best friend. We knew of each other in high school, but were by no means close friends. Due to all of the spontaneous chance events that happened this year, we ended up working together and reconnecting. We’re now practically inseparable and I do not know what I would do without him.
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”