This weeks Listography is being hosted over at Kate Takes 5, and she’s asking us to take a moment to think of all the things we wish we could do. This is a subject I could probably talk about for a fairly long time, as there is so much I still want to accomplish, but for now, here are five things from my list.
I thought I’d put the most predictable one first, as I’m sure most other bloggers feel the same, but this is a big one for me. I’ve had this urge to write for years, and though I can blog, I only seem to be able to write factually, for about 600 words at a time. Anything longer, or involving a plot, seems to elude me. I’m hoping for an epiphany one day, and when it hits, I’ll be able to sit at my laptop and let the words spew forth. Until then, I’m a blogger and frustrated author, taking it out on anyone who reads this!
This may seem like an odd one to anyone who doesn’t know me, but Husband and I got married out there, and someone we met actually predicted the birth of our Daughter, to a scarily accurate degree! There’s also the fact that Sausage is absolutely obsessed with marine life, especially manta rays, and there is no better place on earth to see the underwater world than the Maldives.
This is a bit of an odd one. See, I have this fear of things that live in the sea, like a massively irrational fear, where if I’m in any body of water for too long, I get the heebeejeebies. So, whilst I enjoy swimming in a pool, and am a pretty good swimmer, I get scared. I also hate pools with any sort of pattern on the floor or sides, or even worse, ones with windows in the sides. But here’s where it gets weird. I’m actually not that scared of swimming in the sea…apart from that one time on holiday where a black tipped reef shark swam past me (okay, it was about 15 feet away) and I ran so fast that husband says I walked on water. But that was a one-off. I want to sort my fear out as swimming is great exercise, Sausage loves it, and a brand new olympic sized pool opened across the road from us, and I haven’t used it yet!
This may seem like an easy one, as I’m 26 now and most degrees take 3 years, but I’m doing distance learning through the Open University, which means that I’m not studying full-time, and am juggling it around, you know, having a life. It’s not the same as if I were at a university and going to classes every day. I’ve completed 2 courses in the last year, which has given me 75 points towards the final 360 needed, but sometimes it just feels as if I’ll never get to the end of it.
When I started my degree, I had a really clear idea of what I wanted to do with it. My plan was to graduate, do my post-grad study and then go on to counsel families who’ve suffered a traumatic birth experience, and raise awareness for post-natal PTSD and other mental health conditions which are exacerbated by the feeling of loss of control during labour. These days, I’m not so sure. While I still feel passionate about the cause, and trying to lessen the risks associated with PNPTSD, I don’t know if I’m mentally strong enough to help others. I’ve been considering completing my studies and going into teaching as it will mean that I can have a career that will fit around Sausage when she starts school, but really, my heart isn’t in teaching, and I think it’s one of those professions that you should only go into if you’re passionate about it.
I wonder if there’s such thing as a careers advisor for a 26-year-old?!