This is Not Where I Thought I Was Going

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.  ― Walt Whitman

Tulip Festival

At the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, 2016

Hi, I’m Linda, and I’m surprised to find myself living a completely different life than the one I thought I’d have.

How does this happen?

We are complicated people. Where we start out in life is often not where we wind up. Who we are determines where we go, and who we are can change as we learn and grow.

This is who I am today:

Farmer’s daughter * Sister * Aunt and Great Aunt* Cousin * Niece * Conservationist * Wildlife Tracker * Naturalist * Hunter * Anake Graduate * Herbalist * Collector of Target Balls * Storyteller * Off-key Singer * Photographer * Basket Maker * Needle Crafter * Bookkeeper * Writer * Dog and Cat Person * Hiker * Fly-tier * Gardener * Skeet Shooter * Scrapbooker * Forager * Blood Donor * Volunteer * Blogger * Friend * Neighbor * Camper * Country Music Fan * Amateur Historian * Occasional Chicken Wrangler * Ice Cream Enthusiast * Avid Reader * Traveler * Lifelong Student * Hard Worker * Admirer of Pointing Dogs * Introvert * Rockhound * Cook * Baker * Bird Watcher * Western Writers of America Associate Member * Movie Lover * Unrepentant Carnivore * Timid Driver * Chocoholic * Silk Ribbon Embroidery Designer * Citizen Scientist * Teacher * Grateful Optimist * Sinner, Saved by Jesus…

This is not a complete list, is in no particular order, and is subject to change as I grow and learn.

Here are some things that I used to be. They are important to my story, too:

Wife * Daughter and Sister-in-Law * Step-Daughter * Step-Sister * Granddaughter * Nurse’s Aide * Newborn Nursery Attendant * Non-Profit Bookkeeper * Purchasing Assistant * Friends of the Library Board Member * Daycare Business Manager * The New Kid in School…

Also not a complete list, and subject to change over time.

Each list contains both descriptives that I chose, and those that were chosen for me, or that just happened in the course of life.

Some good, some not so good. Some incredibly painful. None of my Grandparents are living, so I don’t consider myself to still be a granddaughter. But those good people have much to do with the person I am today.

Life is a journey and my roadmap has been filled with dead ends, detours, and sideshows. I’ll bet yours has been, too.

But whether or not we reach our original destination isn’t as important as if we enjoy the ride. I hope you’ll tag along on mine…