When I was younger I used to think about my future and at the time I wanted to be a cosmetologist. Anything and everything that had to do with hair or make up (mostly hair) I was interested in. While I was in High School (sophomore year to be exact) I found out you could do dual enrollment, and the other school (a vocational/tech school) had a cosmetology program. Cool thing about that was that I would be able to finish and receive my state cosmetology license at the same time I would receive my high school diploma. I was in Heaven. Excited to begin since I had spent all summer doing job shadowing hour requirements at a salon a friend of the family worked at, I couldn’t wait! Right before starting school though my mother got diagnosed with breast cancer. She stopped working due to being sick and the chemo and we had to leave the apartments we were living in. After that, once I actually went back to school and was able to finish (two years later than originally planned). I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do or if I wanted to go to school (let alone what for) I did know however that now growing up and having bills to pay being a cosmetologist didn’t offer a completly steady income, which I was not looking forward to. During my last year of high school, I had been working part time at a UPS store and then once I graduated the store ended up closing. Following in the footsteps of my mother, I went ahead and started working at a childcare program part time, then full time. I enjoy working with children but truth be told the childcare industry does not pay their teachers well and it is a very underappreciated job. I gained some office admin experience while working at a childcare program that allowed me some professional advancement, ignoring the fact that I had never been to school. Currently I am working as a “provider specialist” (fancy word for enters data into computer and does whatever the fuck she is told) and I enjoy my job but it gets boring. Thinking back on my youth I’m not sure if things had gone differently if I would be where I am today, frankly I’m very happy although I still have yet to determine when I want to start school and for exactly what. I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually.