Today's prompt from WEGO Health asks: What's one thing your 10 year-old self thought you would do? Can you still do it? How would you approach it to make it happen?
I find this funny. My 10 year-old self definitely never expected I would suffer at all in life. I expected when I grew up I would become a teacher, marry Shaun Cassidy and have a family.
I can do none of this, and being autoimmune has nothing to do with it!
1. As a college junior I did field work as part of my education courses. One assignment in an inner-city middle school was all it took to open my eyes to the other possibilities for English majors;
2. On December 1, 1979, Shaun Cassidy broke my heart when he married a former Playboy Playmate of the Month eight years his senior. Clearly, he was never going to be interested in a shy, bookish brunette who was ten years younger than he; and
3. I did not want children until I was older. When I decided to start trying to conceive, it was too late.
It's funny how things work out. Some folks' dreams at age 10 wind up being exactly what their life looks like in adulthood. I am happy they did not.
A. I have discovered I do not have the patience for teaching. I am much better one-on-one. Speaking at conferences is great. So is mentoring. Through the National Psoriasis Foundation, I am content mentoring the newly diagnosed;
B. Missing out on Shaun Cassidy, whom I have never met, means he was not standing in the way of meeting my wonderful husband, Brian. You can't get better than that!; and
C. Now that I have my diagnoses of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, I am glad God saw fit not to give me any children. There is no way I would be able to keep up with them or even care for them the way I would want to. I already have a maid to help keep up our small apartment. I would require a nanny, too. Besides, it is very fun to be a grandmother and I am enjoying that!
Despite my 10 year-old self's dreams being blown up, I am much happier the way things turned out!
Search #HAWMC to read about other e-health activists' Life Goals. Until tomorrow.