“Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.” — Dalai Lama
I have no need to be immortal, let’s get that straight.
However, I love what I do and I realize from speaking with others that it is an interesting story (in a roundabout way) how I came from believing I’d be a secretary to becoming a nurse, and a firefighter, and a fire investigator, and a contract worker specializing in explosives investigations. All because I wanted to learn and keep learning, and I’m still learning.
So when I received an invitation to participate in a “career day” with the Girl Scouts, I jumped at the chance. When I was a girl there were no female paramedics, or female firefighters . Nursing was the field for young girls to look into if they had a desire to provide care. For this event, I was told to expect about 50 girls and their grandmothers. If anything I said sparks an interest, fans a flame or makes a young girl question what she thinks she wants to be when she grows up, I will have been satisfied that I have done my job.
I love what I do (most of the time), and I love to talk about it. That is what happens when you are passionate about what you do! Put that passion together with visual aids, a bit of equipment worn while working, and a laptop playing a DVD of explosive scenes slowed down to see the flash of light, boom and burst of explosions going down — you have a happy audience. Especially when I pointed out that eating Pop Rocks candy. . .is simply an explosion that takes place inside your mouth.
Apparently, the girls were not the only one who gleaned information from my presentation. Imagine my surprise, when the sheriff’s deputy came over to look at my visual aids. This sparked a discussion about homemade explosives and the classes available for POST credit as well as an opportunity to share with him about learning experiences available to law enforcement at FEMA sponsored sites across the country.
**Confession here** — I almost published this post as written above last night. But I felt as if there was more to be said. So I closed my laptop and went to bed planning to post it this morning. When I re-read what I had written, I realized that in essence:
Sharing information about something I am passionate
about is the purpose of this blog!
My family and my home are my biggest passions. Providing great experiences for my kids and making our home a welcoming place to be are the starting point of everything I do. The cooking, the sewing, the cleaning, the renovations — these are just all spokes in the wheel with home and family at the center.
Those jobs that I am passionate about? Those are just the icing on the cake that provide the funds to do everything else.