Saturday, September 04, 2010

What comes around....

This week we're celebrating Marley Gibson's THE COUNSELING release...yay Marley! Please mosey on over to her website to win some goodies. Marley is an incredibly generous person so don't miss out!

Today's post is about decisions and choices and how funny they turn out for the best sometimes...the theme of THE COUNSELING!

When I was in college, I wanted to study medicine and eventually become a therapist or a psychiatrist. My parents thought that was way too much schooling and they wanted me out of college and earning a living ASAP. They put the kibosh on my plans and told me to pick something...shorter.

Then I wanted to study English so I could teach and write abroad. They thought that was impractical and again...the kibosh.

Finally I asked what my options were and they both said the same thing, "Computer Science", technology is the wave of the future. I listened, I did the degree and moved to Seattle.

Lo and behold 8 years later I am working at Microsoft managing a large team of people....spending most of my time playing "therapist". People always tell me I'm so successful at my career because I really "get" people. No med-school degree or student loans needed!

On the side, I'm an author.

So strange how I reached my goals of helping people AND being an author in a most round-about way, but also in a way that is rewarding AND fun.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever thought you'd missed out on a great opportunity and it showed up again--even better than the first time?

Have a lovely weekend!


TinaFerraro said...

Dona, when I was younger, I wanted to be a travel agent--but wasn't anything I actively pursued. Lo and behold, in that university job I have mentioned often here, I ended up being in charge of travel for 40 people...and worked so closely with one travel agency that I ended up getting some travel perks. So it felt like the best of both worlds to me, too!

Kari said...

No, nothing like that has ever happened to me. When I typically pass something up, it's because I really don't want anything to do with it. If there's even the slightest chance that I may like it, I do it. But nothing has ever come back around to me. Maybe I'm still too young for that to happen.

nymfaux said...

I love the way things came back to you like that!!!!

I'm having a hard time thinking of anything off the top head, but I have a philosophy about "it'll happen if it's meant to be." --This usually applies when I'm going shopping, if I kind of want something, but I'm not sure, or if I can't pick it up and have to come back later--I tell myself that if it's meant to be, it'll be there when I come back. And if it's not...