Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be?
I would love to be a research historian. Ya know the guys who archive and dig through history.
What draws you to this?
I absolutely *adore* history. For example, I don’t know whether my high school was difficult or not but I got a 100 in AP American History for the year. No joke. It’s a long story but I never took the test so I don’t know if I would have gotten a 5 or not. I read about history all the time. I know things and look at history like few other people do. I have tubs and boxes of newspapers and magazines in storage. I buy these just so that I can look back and say I was there. When I was 12 and 13 I was fascinated by a local antique shop that had a large display case of notable newspapers/headlines in history. Things like the Apollo Moon landing and JFK’s assignation. I always wanted to buy everything in that case.
I’ve been inspired by the law and by the stars and the weather but I keep going back to history. I read it for fun. I watch the History Channel (when they show actual history) for fun. I read about topics in history that no one cares about but that fascinate me like the history of marriage or of food and diet. I just can’t stop thinking about it.
When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?
Long long time. Ever since my first history classes in school. I memorized the Declaration of Independence not for the extra credit I got but because I wanted to when I was 11. I *love* history.
What’s holding you back from going all in?
I couldn’t afford to continue my college education. It cost too much. So I dropped out and got a job. I worked nights and while I’m sure there was a way to get it to work I couldn’t due to a number of extraneous circumstances. So it always came down to money and time I guess. Money and time.
Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?
I really want to go back to school and do this. I think I am going to start taking classes part time at the local community college. I really need to just kick myself in the pants and do it.
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