Where I Am vs. Where I thought I’d Be


July 29, 2008 by Marj Hatzell

Fifteen years ago I was a young, idealistic (immature), flighty well-rounded woman, ready to take on the world. I had such PLANS, y’all. I was gonna conquer life, grab it by the horns, you know, like all of those cliches?  So then, where am I now compared to where I wanted to be at thirty-five?  I know you are just DYING to find out.  Because y’all live for every little update about me, right? I mean, you can’t start your day without knowing this…

Where I thought I’d be:

  • Living in some glamorous city in a swanky area in a swanky home
  • Traveling the world
  • Working on my doctorate or post-doc
  • Teaching or working with autistic children
  • Married to some rich, good-looking guy
  • Possibly ready to start a family
  • Speaking several languages, thanks to my time in the Peace Corp
  • Actively involved in politics, possibly on a committee or working in a public office
  • In the best physical shape of my life
  • Wearing designer clothing

Where I am now:

  • Living in a cozy home in a friendly town in an awesome school district for my kids
  • Traveling the country, since I get GHASTLY ill on planes and it takes me three days to recuperate from a flight (so much for foreign travel)
  • I managed to get my undergrad in only NINE YEARS changing my major only FOUR TIMES!
  • Living with Autistic children
  • Married to a not-so-wealthy, good-looking, fabulously gifted guy and don’t regret a minute of it
  • Finished starting a family. In fact, finished expanding the family.
  • I speak English (Sort of. More like Amerikun.) and know sign language, never joined the Peace Corp but I watched a documentary on it once.
  • I read the paper. I think I know who the political candidates are. I vote.
  • In pretty good shape, considering the circumstances. I walk the dog twice a day.  I’m at a healthy weight.  I crave potatoes every minute of every day.
  • Wearing used clothes I got at goodwill or consignment. Some of them have designer labels. I think.  Is GAP designer?

Hmmm…I don’t think I’m too far off. In fact, I think what I have, compared to what I wanted, is better. Much better. Don’t you agree?

6 thoughts on “Where I Am vs. Where I thought I’d Be

  1. There is not a part of either of those that I wouldn’t mind. Your life turned out better than you ever dreamed of and for that — I am so jealous!

  2. Tina says:

    Definitely agree. Especially since both of my lists would be very similar to yours…

  3. Anjali says:

    35 is just the beginning. I bet you get it all done someday!

  4. Love the lists. The peace corp comments made me laugh, as I certainly thought I’d join as well. I didn’t see a documentary, but I listened to some writers who were in it at a conference once. Just like being in it, I think. And yes, GAP is definitely designer.

  5. Jacki says:

    What a great outlook! I thought the same way you did in the “thought” part…never imagined my life how it is now, but it’s great nonetheless.

  6. You left off “Writing one of the best blogs online.”

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