13 May 2013

I had a taste of who I once was this weekend.  I was something of an activist in college and the year or so following. This weekend I was invited to a 10 year anniversary of the non-profit I interned with and traveled with to Kenya. It was almost surreal to revisit that stage of my life. I saw almost no one I knew, as the people have changed over the years, and of course so have I. It was odd in many ways to revisit my past. It was odd to see the few people I did know now that I've transitioned. For their part, they made it entirely not awkward at all. It was refreshing.

It got me thinking about my life though. When I was 20 and a few years beyond all I wanted was to work with an international humanitarian non-profit. And to some extent I still do, but I've lost much of the drive. I now know that money actually is important to have a least some of. I know that most non-profits do not pay very well, especially with only a bachelor's degree.

So I got to thinking about furthering my education. Again. I just don't like traditional education. I don't think I got much out of it in my 16 years in school. I certainly had some good times and I do like learning, but I am unsure if I want to revisit that part of my life. Especially now that going to grad school would be complicated by my long absence from university and my transition.

Anyhow, I had a bit of nostalgia and it was nice to share that part of my life with Liam. I know that my involvement with that project is past, but it was fun to look back.
The winning team. Football at St. Luke's School in Western Kenya.

1 comment:

Abby said...

Glad you had fun at the reunion. It's a bit funny for me to hear you say that returning to school would be a chore after so much time away. I've said that myself many times, now I'm ready and will possibly be in some of the same classes as my kids, yikes! Cool photo.