(Pictures in this post were taken by me between 2008-2012)
What would you do if you could choose how to live the rest of your life if money wasn’t an issue?
It gets asked every now and then around the web, real life and even when you’re musing in private. It got asked on an online group I belonged to not too long ago, and I hadn’t thought about it for a while, so I pondered. And I answered:
Traveling, studying books and history around the world without anyone expecting me to write a paper. Writing, drawing and cooking awesome food would be in the mix. And if I can do it with my family, even better.
I love learning. But I can’t write a papers. Short stories and novellas, yes. They might not be good, but I like them. Academic material, no. I’m not entirely sure why. I can verbally present the information for a paper. I just can’t for the life of me write it.
Back in my last year of college, we all had the same situation: to graduate and get licensed we required a board exam, practice hours and a thesis. The first two were mandatory, but the thesis was entirely dependent on your grade average. If you had the proper average, you could skip the thesis and since I had it at the beginning of that last year, I did a happy dance and decided to skip mine. We all had to submit a thesis topic, but we didn’t have to go through with it if the grade was good. Of course, that is when karma cackled and one thing another happened with my average going down until it had crossed 0.01 under the mark.
So I picked up my thesis topic, dusted it off and had three months to make it work. I can say, without a doubt, that in terms of quality, I wrote one of the worst theses in the history of academia. It barely got approved and I was able to defend it during my board exam to pass. The topic was worth studying, but my writing was appalling.
Paper writing is definitely not my strength, but I definitely love learning and researching as much as posible. Getting to travel around the world doing that, with a side of cooking, writing and drawing with my loved ones along would be amazing.
I get to do a little of that being a military spouse.
Being stationed overseas can be very rough on many levels. You’re away from your family and you can’t help them when they need you, nor have them help you when you do. You can’t be there for the happy moments in their lives, nor them in yours. You can’t be there to comfort them on their sad ones.
At the same time, I got to participate in the Naha Tug of War twice, see Cape Hedo, Churami Aquarium and the Okinawa castles. I got to walk through Peace Prayer Park and find a long distant relative. I got to fall in love with Okinawa.
Traveling has its good and its bad. But you can’t deny the memories are amazing.
What would YOU do with your life if money was not an issue?