Music video by Michael Jackson performing Thriller. (C) 1982 MJJ Productions Inc.
(to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” song….fast forward to 0:58 for the words)
It’s after Midnight….but I know my work has only just begun…
I see the moonlight…but in a bit I know I’ll see the sun…
They start to scream…I thought they were asleep but OH they are not
They want Mommy…for a hug, potty or to wipe their snot
That’s it… Oh no it’s not…
Cuz this is GRAD SCHOOL!!!!! Grad school applications
I want to be a doctor so that I can help the world
Cuz this is GRAD SCHOOL!!!!!, (WHOOO HOOO) grad school applications
Your fighting for the right to go to grad school and do research!
Imagine looking like this when you go to play group:
“You wanna have the playdate at my house next week?”
“No! Let’s do it at the church!
You need some rest (and some Jesus!)”
Thank you Lord for buildable layers of concealer!
I jest; grad school applications are going really well and they’re actually kind of fun. And for the record none of my playgroup moms have run away from me in fear; that was just a little leftover Halloween fun 🙂
I’ll soon post a few tips and tricks for moms who want to continue their education.
“But wait…why do you want to go to graduate school?” I hear you ask.
Well, I have a heart for children and improving urban areas. I want to improve the lives of children in the US and I want to improve urban areas. Oh I have plenty of ideas on how to help, especially since I grew up in an urban area; but are my ideas good ones? Are they grounded in solid research? If someone gives me $2 million dollars to bring my ideas to life, will it be money well spent…or a waste? Will my ideas help or unintentionally hurt people? What’s the best way to put my ideas into practice to ensure a positive outcome? How do my ideas fit in with what everyone else in my field (and in related fields) is already doing?
That’s what I will be doing in graduate school: researching, testing, writing, interviewing: all with the goal of HELPING.
Is it difficult applying to graduate school and for grants with two little ones and a husband?
Do you know why?
Applying to Graduate School is my hobby; just like graduate school will be.
This is not something I HAVE to do, going to graduate school is something I am passionately dedicated to, something I want to do, something I long to do. It will be challenging, fulfilling, and challenging again.
In your life…have you ever seen anything that you’ve wanted to change? Homelessness? Domestic Violence? The US Education System? The dehumanization of women through sexualization? How Shakespeare is taught to 9th graders? How Western medicine does not use traditional holistic approaches? The policies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs? There are loads of issues in the world, and when you find something that bothers you, something that you’d like to explore or people you’d like to help: maybe you’ve found your life’s passion.
We all have different passions and different gifts.
YOU sitting there, reading this: I’m talking to you.
You have a gift for something, a knack; you see the world in a way that no one else will ever see it, EVER. Because you are unique and special. You have something positive to contribute to this world, whether it’s your art, your talent, your ability to listen, the way you work with people, how you can encourage others, your giving heart, your ability to create things, to fix things, your gift for budgeting, your patience with children or the elderly, your fun attitude, your biting sarcasm, your shrewd business sense. Even your loneliness, your depression, your anger could be seen as “gifts” if you can use them to help someone else become a better person (for example: you could be an anger management teacher, a counselor to youth or parents, hold a support group).
Whatever it is EVERYONE on Earth has a gift and a talent. It could even be whistling.
For some people their talents are pretty obvious; Picasso drew this when he was 12 years old.
For some people their gifts or talents may not so obvious…
There was this one kid who didn’t speak until he was 4 years old.
Some people wrote him off as mentally disabled and thought he wouldn’t amount to much…
I don’t know if you’ve heard of him…
No matter what your age, what people have said, or what you’re doing now: you have purpose
and you’re here for a reason: to help things be better somehow. You could be the person who cures cancer, who develops a better preschool education model, who designs an amazing psychiatric hospital setting, who creates interdependent environmental/business policies…who knows what amazing things you could do.
Let me know in the comments if you’re having trouble knowing what that purpose is and we can try and hash it out together. I’ll write a post on how to find your passion but basically look at your life and think about the people or situations that make your heart ache; ache with beauty or with pain; and that may be a clue to the work that you’re destined to do.
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