For Writer's Workshop this week, one of the prompts is “If you could do it over again…”
This is a loaded question really. There are a lot of little things and a few big things I wish I had done differently. However, in the place I am in my life at this very moment what I most likely would do over again is to choose a career where international travel is a job requirement. I’m not sure what area I’d choose to go into, but it would most likely be helping others (teaching, international relations) rather than a business type career. It would be a career in which I spent time in one location really learning about the culture, maybe picking up the language, and living the life of the people there before moving on and doing it again in another location.
Since traveling is so prohibitively expensive, I am not able to do it as often as I’d like to. Fortunately, as a teacher, I have time to travel but the time I am able to go is when it’s most expensive. I’ve been very lucky to go to the places I have, but wish I had the time and money to have spent more time there. To have a career where the travel was built in would be wonderful.
However, in the scheme of it all, those small and big things I wish I had done differently aren’t really regrets. Instead I’ve learned from those things. My life is pretty good and those things that didn’t work out so well have shaped me into the person I am today…the good and the bad.