Last week was one of recollection, and laughing over some of the crazy and stupid stuff I’ve done.
And realizing…how much I still am like I was then. Just as rambunctious and clever as ever.
1. I took my first solo trip when I was 10 to Maryland. I spent two weeks running around, catching my first jar of fireflies and realizing exactly what humidity was.
2. I took my first international trip when I was 12 to England, Ireland and Wales with 7 other girls and my 8th grade English teacher. I saw the changing of the guards, stayed in a haunted hotel and was offered beer at a pub where I ate french fries.
3. When I was growing up I wanted to ride horses professionally. I wanted to own one. Yet to this day, I’ve never ridden one.
4. Every summer when I went to Mammoth I was always fascinated with the rocks and formations on the way and while we were up there. Red Rock Canyon? Devil’s Postpile? Obsidiam Dome?
5. I still own a folder I made where I pasted every single article written about marine life in my local newspaper. I believed I was going to travel the oceans and save the whales and dolphins. And sea otters.
6. I loved the beach growing up. I could spend hours running in and out of the waves bashing against me. No matter how cold the water is in SoCal during the summer…55*F.
7. At one point I had one of those daily calenders based on animals. I taped each and every one to the walls of my room. And the ceiling. Even the fan. Windows too. I would read my favorites each and everyday…which included facts about Orcas, Blue Whales, Sea Otters, Rainbow Lorikeets, and Red-tailed Hawks
How it related to me later?
8. I worked on a project in college to help birds and phytoplankton in a bay in San Diego. We discovered the ecoli count was above health regulations for both humans and animals alike.
9. I also was forced to show support for a debate class on dams, ski resorts and cruise ships. It was the hardest argument I’ve ever had to make. I hated it.
10. I chose to study in Australia because it was different. I didn’t want to go to Spain, England, Italy or Greece because everyone went there. Since when do I do what everyone else does or say I should do?
What childhood memory can you think of that might have led you to where you are today? What did you want to be when you grew up?