In answer to Cee’s invitation to Share Your World, 2015 Week #4
Where did you live at age five? Is it the same place or town you live now?
I lived in Oakland, California when I was 5. It was a safe neighborhood then; I walked 3 blocks to school by myself or with other neighborhood kids. (I confirmed this with my mom in case my memory was faulty.) We moved overseas when I was 6 and returned to a neighborhood with barred windows and doors when I was 8. So my parents moved us back to Pennsylvania where both sides of their family lived.
You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
I have social anxiety about going to parties or events, with someone or by myself. I would go by myself, but I would stress over it for the days leading up to the event. I usually try to figure out an excuse to not go, right up to the last minute, but in the end I force myself to go. If I get there and it is too much for me, I leave at the earliest, appropriate moment, and not a minute longer. In most cases though, I stick it out and I am usually happy I went.
Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
I grew up in Pleasanton, California, from age 11 to 42. It was a growing suburb and considered a bedroom community for many years. It was a planned community, slowly adding housing tracts and business parks to make it a place where people lived and worked and wouldn’t have to commute.
I loved it, growing up in the warm, California sun. As an adult, it was nice to live where I worked; commuting became a nightmare on highways that expanded from 2 lanes in each direction to 4 to 6 lanes. Can you say Gridlock?
I moved to Pennsylvania in 2005. I will never return to city living; that anxiety I mentioned previously, goes through the roof when I visit relatives in the DC area. Give me a 2 lane country road and a house surrounded by woods and I am happy!
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I never had a plan, and that is probably why I changed my college major 4 times. I graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree, just so I wouldn’t have to spend another 4 years starting over. Looking back, I probably should have gotten into computers and grown with the industry from its infancy. Or I might have enjoyed Occupational and Physical Therapy, but I didn’t even know what that was back then. I did know that I never wanted to be in Sales, but ended up in a sales position for 5 years anyway. Now I’m a stay at home mom, caring for my son who has Autism, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I never answer the question about what I am grateful for. Never have, never will. But as for looking forward…I hope tomorrow will always be better than today, which hopefully was better than yesterday.