When I was in the 6th grade, I had to do my first science fair project. I had no idea what topic to choose. I didn’t care much for the science we were learning in school because I was more concerned about the science of the mind. So I decided to do a project about how the weather affected my mood. I was so proud of myself for doing that project on my own. I even got Honarble Mention. I didn’t know it then, but this display of independence would follow me throughout my life.
Even though the subject was different, even thought it wasn’t a traditional topic of science projects, and even though it wasn’t a grandiose display, it was what appealed to me. It was unique. I say all of this to say that choosing your own path is important-it is what makes life worth living.
Two years ago, if you had asked me about owning my own business, I might have sighed then let out a huge roar of laughter. I was in a very unhappy state, and that was unfortunate because I was also pregnant. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I talked extensively with my husband about alternatives to teaching. I just didn’t know if teaching was what I saw myself doing for the rest of my life. I loved my kids and I loved the impact I was making, but I wanted something more. I used to joke about me having to start working for myself because I couldn’t continue to take orders! I was torn between what everybody thought I should do and what I wanted to do.
I’ve come across so many women at Noah’s House and so many of them have that yearning look in their eyes that I had 2 years ago. The look of wanting more, or wanting to do something different. In light of the women’s march to demand equal rights, voice opinions, and acknowledge differences, I say–find a way to make it happen. If you can’t see yourself continuing in the state that you are in, take a leap of faith and make a change. It may not be popular, but it might be YOU. It may not be exciting to some, but it might be perfect for you. Whether it’s a new hobby, a new career, letting go of a career, or just letting go–Go do it!
I will leave you with the astounding and ever thoughtful words of my favorite poet, Robert Frost: