I am sort of a week behind… I blame Addie for taking up my Friday spot with her birthday! But… last week’s blog challenge was my career.
Let’s just start off by saying I am a writer. I wish I’d gone to school for journalism.
I wish I had a job where I get to ask hard questions of important people, but I don’t. What I do, that I find to be ever-so humbling, is answer emails every week from parents and family members who want to know: is it going to be ok?
The worst part about that question is the fact that I’m not a doctor. So… I don’t know, really. In the past I told a mom to not worry, that it would be OK.
Her child, however, was not born with achondroplasia, as they’d been told in utero she would be. She was born with something else, and her passing weighs heavily on me. Because it wasn’t ok. And I feel incredibly thankful that her mother has such grace and love that we’ve remained in contact.
But yes, I’m just a writer.
In a past life, I was an event coordinator, doing everything from weddings (food to dress) to formal ceremonies. For a brief time I helped owners run a B&B. I did marketing campaigns and strategies. I’ve ghost written and enjoyed the money, but not sharing my mind. I started nursing school and I would love to finish… but I have resigned myself to believe that I probably won’t. Mostly because I can see myself teaching a writing course at the community college when we’re out of the early stages of parenthood. …which would require a different degree.
Right now I work with an awesome local business in their social media department, heading up the blog. It’s the first job that I get to do from home outside my own entity of A is for Adelaide, that I love. Like, really love.
I work when I can to get my posts up on time, I get to research, edit photos, play creatively with the projects and love being a part of something that lets me pay taxes again. Yep. I want to pay taxes. I want to be a contributing member of society. A bit off kilter, maybe, but I like it.
So, my career? The whole point of putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard at this day and age… is to show people how freaking normal we are. I want new parents to do a Google search for: ACHONDROPLASIA and see this blog and think “where’s the info?”- for a brief moment (if you’re looking, there is an achondroplasia category!). I want readers to see that although we have a few more appointments and sometimes when Addie sleeps too deeply I panic, or when she’s got a headache I automatically think it’s dwarfism related (it hasn’t been since decompression)- but this is just life for us. The phrase, “I don’t know how you do it,” means nothing. I do it because these are my kids, and that’s the life we lead.
I’ve acclimated to this person- I’ve made a career for myself, with the writing I’ve been so passionate about since my childhood.
My career is a writer. Advocate. CEO of the Martinkas! What’s your career? Are you where you thought you’d be? Share your thoughts in the comments- and link up your post- below!