As a young girl, I always aspired and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. My mom said I liked animals more than people and you’d always find me among the family friend’s pets.
From the time I was able to read properly, I started studying animal encyclopedias and gathering as many facts about any species of animal as I possibly could. I think the dream of being a vet lasted for about fourteen years before my desire to work in some form of law enforcement took over. Don’t get me wrong, my dog and cat are still my life and I spend all my money on them as if they were my own kids.
I then wanted to become a Forensic Analyst and that lasted for a few years before circumstances interfered and I chose a different career path. I have Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) so I take a lot of medication and even go so far as to inject myself once a week with a treatment for the RA, which has really helped with the swollen joints and all the fatigue and problems that come along with it. A quote I heard a while back has stuck with me and when things get difficult, I remember these few words;
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”
My career choice now is to become a prosecutor. I have a driven desire to see justice be served in the correct and lawful manner and one day, I know I’ll be able to live up to that. Even though I have a very linear way of thinking, I have this other side of me that’s as eccentric and vibrant as one would expect from a budding artist.
I spend hours and hours every week creating drawings and paintings and designing things. I love my artwork with all my heart and it’s such a perfect outlet for any emotion I am feeling. It is incredibly cathartic and it really is the best form of expression because the world of art nowadays, is so open and your work isn’t judged so harshly so you really are free to be true to yourself and to be open about your feelings and emotions.
I do have a passion for writing as well. I get lost in novels and I get lost in writing my own stories. Expressing yourself in words is also as therapeutic as spending hours on a painting. Whether you’re academic or creative or both, I learnt to embrace all sides of myself.
So I end this off with a quote by Oscar Wilde;
“Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken.”