My Life As a Moving Target

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My Life As a Moving Target

The only thing that is the same about me is that I don’t stay the same.

In my lifetime I’ve been a leather crafter, aerobics instructor, funnel cake maker, hostess, waitress, student, assistant, masseuse, yogurt server, jelly maker, drive-thru runner, camera operator, photo editor, mail-order business owner, wife, newsletter publisher, day care teacher, sales rep, researcher, cable television show developer, furniture builder/finisher, mom, clerk, marketing specialist, director of new business, craft service provider, production assistant, survey creator, commercial producer, art teacher, full-time volunteer, freelance marketer, screen printer, home school mom, substitute teacher, retail sales associate, hand model, calendar maker, paraprofessional, and special education teacher.

I’ve lived in two countries, seven states, attended five elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school (thanks mom), and three colleges. My husband and I have lived in five rentals and owned four houses across three of those seven states.

Even day-to-day, I find myself reinventing myself. A colleague commented that he never recognized me until I was close to him because as he said, “your hair’s always a different shape.” It’s true. My hair varies on a spectrum from wild frizz to straight depending on its mood, my patience, and the humidity. I run into people who I haven’t seen in a while and they ask how school is going or inquire as to the job they most recently remember me having only to learn that I’m no longer enrolled or working at whatever it was they remember me working. This often accompanied by a look of confusion as I fill them in on my latest venture.

Why so much change? I really don’t know. Maybe, it’s that I spent the first thirteen years of my life as a military brat where the only guarantee was that you would be moving. Change is my habit. Really, I believe it’s because through of all these various places and positions, I haven’t found the right fit. Change is my necessity. Whatever the reason, change happens and in my life it happens often.

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