edu180atl: beth mckibben 10.7.11
The conversation started with, “Mommy, I can’t decide what I want to be when I grow up. I love SO many things.”
I simply replied, “You don’t have to settle on just one thing. Do whatever makes you happy.” But then I realized, am I taking my own advice? Up until recently, yes and no.
I love being a writer but do not always love the content I am asked to produce. I had always written for corporations, and while I was doing what I loved, I wasn’t enjoying it to the fullest. The content was very dry and full of staunch parameters. It was time for a change. So I began to freelance again. And although it’s been tough, I am slowly crawling my way back into this world and learning from each experience along the way, from rejection, critique, or joyful acceptance.
Life is full of risks. Sometimes you have to dabble before you dive in. I too love many things. You don’t have to settle on one career path. Sometimes your passions converge into a powerful force in your life. This is what I learned today from my 10 year old daughter’s question and simple realization; do what it is you love, never settle, and this will make you truly successful. My goal: to get my Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation and share my passion for design, old buildings and history with my readers. I might stumble, but I am on my way.
Beth McKibben is a freelance writer, wife and proud mother of two creative (ADHD) children. http://thelazysusan.wordpress.com/