I started thinking about my childhood and quickly realized that I LOVE my first answer and think my parents were ahead of their time raising a girl who at such a young age already wanted to work in a man's world.
From as far back as I can remember my childhood was filled with outdoor adventures searching for leprechauns, gnomes and digging tunnels to China (TQ aka dad was not a fan of the China exploration!). One birthday party was even spent looking for dinosaur bones at the local science center! (mom bleached chicken bones and arranged to hide them around the grounds of the center. We used a map and everything to locate and dig them up like real Archeologists! It was the coolest thing ever at age 10!!)
I haven't ever really given these adventures much thought until now but think they have had a lot to do with forming who I am today.
Who is that you ask? Well I would say a woman who is confident in her quirkiness and actually takes pride in always being a bit off-center from the crowd. My love for the unique has taken me around the world and kept me open to the trying strange and wonderful cuisines along the way! I also spent some time thinking about the people closest to me today. They are not the cool kids from high school, but the quirky independent crowd who as they matured have become some of the most true friends a girl could want!
What is the point of this post? As always not so sure except to thank my parents for raising an original piece of art who seems to be prospering because I am different! I can only hope that my niece and nephew also have the freedom to explore their imaginations throughout their childhood and let it take them to other galaxies!
Being different may be tuff when you are 14 but I promise you the coolest people I know now at 30 where the A/V kids or theatre geeks in high school!
Enjoy what makes you happy and be proud to let your freek flag fly!