Thursday, May 29, 2014

Our Life's Journey May Change As Time Goes On

I've always been very sensitive to the needs of animals, particularly the more vulnerable, and during my teen years I used to dream of working with endangered wildlife. I imagined myself living a nomadic life, and hopping around the globe making a difference in their fragile world. At least during my early adult years when I’d be full of youthful energy and boundless enthusiasm.


But my life’s journey took a different turn as time went on, as life’s journey often does, and where I expected to be, and where I ended up are two different stories. I did not live a nomadic life; my life was, and continues to be, quite grounded. And I did not fulfill my dream of working with endangered wildlife; I simply supported different causes for many years...from a distance.


My life has been wonderful, and the road I took was a very good one, but I am someone who is guilty of losing sight of the future adventures I used to daydream about in my high school classes.

How about you? Did you lose sight of your dreams? Did you end up where you thought you would? Or did you change directions?

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  1. I have the same outlook with my life before though I'm not yet married yet and taking up law. Maybe it's not yet too late for me to pursue my other dreams. For short, I'm in the process of building my life...Good luck to myself. - www.sexyfoosa.blogspot.com

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    1. If you are able to pursue your dreams right now, I suggest you do it. Sometimes other responsibilities get in the way as we get older, and that door is closed. At least for awhile. And yes, good luck to 'you'!

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  2. Hi Martha
    I love that you love 'all the animals' it shows that so much in many of your posts.
    I used to think I would have liked to have been a vet as I too am an animal lover.
    But that was not the case as I wanted as much to be a teacher (like my mom) and that was where my path took me.
    I was a kindergarten teacher and also taught 1st and 2nd grade and loved every minute of my teaching career as I love kids.
    When my daughter was born I gave up teaching and became a stay-at-home mom and loved every minute of being a mom .....

    Great post .....

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    1. Once upon a time, also considered becoming a vet, Margie. I didn't have the necessary patience and focus back then to study that hard. Do I regret that? Not really. My life has been really good even if I didn't do the things I used to dream about.

      I think your road was fabulous. Being a kindergarten teacher is very rewarding. I LOVED my kindergarten teacher. I still remember her so many years later.

      And I've done the stay-at-home mom, as well, and really enjoyed it. As long as we are happy with what we're doing, it's the best choice.

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  3. First off Martha you've made a great difference in our world with your kindness, gracefulness, gentleness to all animals not to mention the bloggers lol ok my little joke, you've made a difference in my life, my goal in life was to help people any where or anytime I could, until i got sick then I went back to my passion since I was 12, photography, not so easy when you're agoraphobic, but visiting my friends on the Internet has helped me more than I can say and I count you among the people who have made me accept and enjoy life anyway, so if you look at it in a weird way you did help with one endangered species so thank you m'dear

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    1. Forgot to mention I did work, first as a info officer, then communications for Fed Min then writer and finally Career Advisor...

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    2. That is really sweet, Lorraine. I am happy that somehow I am making YOU happy. I know what agoraphobia is, and it can be quite debilitating. Are you seeking treatment for it? It's nice that despite that, you are finding enjoyment in many other ways. And that is quite a few jobs you've had. I've also bounced around. Now I'm on an extended hiatus. I'm not sure if I'll be returning to work full time. If I get a job any time soon, it'll probably be part time.

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  4. My dreams got derailed. I had moved and taught in interesting places. But when kids arrived that was it. By the time the kids were gone I was in a rut. That's my excuse anyway.

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    1. And what a fine excuse it is, Red! A lot of people get into that rut once kids come along!

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  5. I lived and continue to live a nomadic life but just being worthless ~ nothing but self indulgent stuff. When I was a little girl living on a farm, I had my very own woods to play in and dragged whatever animal was about to my lair. hahaa.... your regular cats, dogs and chickens and a rooster and a chipmunk and a turtle ~ pig ~ calf...

    It was my dream to own a zoo ... so I could take care of them. My favorite movies were Tarzan movies and I wanted me my very own Cheetah ... your parents may have been born then but ,... just in case you don't know Cheetah .... he was in movies after Tarzan and died at age 80!

    http://youtu.be/NhqDz6ZHRRY

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    1. oh, and I never aspired to do anything really except leaving home and seeing what was out there... that I did but to have found love? .... only spiritual love as May put it... not, unfortunately a romantic love and those of you who have... cherish it ... I've had a few nice smooches ... but.... no run to kinda love... sad innit... ha

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    2. I didn't know Cheetah! What a hoot! I can actually picture you driving around the country with a 'Cheetah' along for the ride. Carolyn, I don't think of you as self-indulgent. You had an adventurous spirit, and went out and lived. That certainly takes courage. We all take different roads for different reasons. Yes, I certainly found true love, but only in my second marriage. The first one was horrible, and the nomadic life would have been preferable. But I got my two girls out of that deal, so something good came out of it.

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  6. Yes! but it's been a good life, just not the one I dreamed.

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    1. As long as it's been a good life...that's what matters.

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  7. I decided this past weekend that I'm not going to be scared to do my cookery show on YouTube. But the strength of that statement still weakens, so I'm not quite there yet. But someday.

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    1. That is great! I think you should do it, girl. It'll be scary in the beginning, and it'll get easier as you keep doing it. The hardest part is taking that first step... Your blogging pale (like me) will be thrilled, and very supportive.

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  8. There's still time to follow your dream, Martha!! When i was young all I wanted to do was be an artist and live in Toronto. Now that I've retired I finally have time to be an artist but I'm not living in Toronto. Thank heavens.

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    1. You are right, Francie. I've been checking for animal sanctuaries, and such places, close to home that I can get involved in. I may not be able to hop around the world right now, but I can get involved in something similar, but closer to home.

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  9. I don't many people ever have their life go as expected.

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  10. i love this post. as a buddhist, i must applaud your happiness with your life and appreciate that it has been good for you. to tell you the truth, im not sure if i had dreams of anything in particular. as an adult i realize that there are many wonderful things i enjoy - soap making, watercolor painting, interior design, cooking, architecture, fiber art, feng shui, teaching, social work, body work therapy, holistic living - the list is almost endless. my motto - love life and find something you enjoy doing while serving a cause greater than oneself. cheers!!

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    1. That is a great motto, and one that I certainly follow. It sounds like you have quite a creative side to you. You should share some of that with us! Buddhism is something I discovered a few years ago, and it defines the way I feel, and see the world, in so many ways. Even though I was raised as a Christian, Buddhism is what truly speaks to me.

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  11. I don't think I ever had a clue about where I'd thought I'd be as an adult. I was lacking direction I guess. Life just happened along the way and I am very happy where I ended up.
    So many factors occur that we mostly have no control over.....we have to pick up from there and move on.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Jim. In many cases, we don't have as much control as we think. Therefore, being adaptable is very important.

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