What to do with my life?
At the beginning of middle age, it's time to consider what I'm going to do with the rest of my life.
Here are a few of the things I'm thinking about. If anyone has any more suggestions, I'm all ears!
- Children. I'm very committed to being present with my children, and to giving them opportunities to learn and grow, gentle guidance and as much patience and love and enjoyment of our relationship as I can. So most of the time I'm going to need to spend with them, especially as the littlest is still only two. This will take up the majority of the next 16 years!
- Writing. This is definitely my 'first love' in terms of career. Writing is what I have always wanted to do, ever since I was aged 5 and engaged to James Carson (who was 3 at the time). Incidentally, we had big plans for our life together. We'd live in NZ, have two boys and two girls, all of whose names began with R, he would be a farmer and I would be a writer. As long as I can keep getting up early in the morning, I can probably do this. It will get easier once the kiddies are a little more independent. I would love to do a story set in Pakistan, but I might have to wait a few years before I can travel without leaving everyone stranded at home.
- RDI. I know a number of autistic/Aspergers' teenagers and adults. I would really love to become an RDI consultant and specialise in helping these older folk gain the relationship skills they want. The barrier to doing this is oh, around about $10,000 AUD for the course, plus two lots of airfares to Houston. Then there is the time to see clients. If somehow I managed to wangle a day per week free, it could work, but that could be hard. I'll have to pray about it.
- all the other stuff. Bible study, speaking here and there, seeing friends, keeping fit, doing some quilting, having time to spend with various others.
Any more suggestions?