I had a very successful career as a freelance musician, traveling all through the Mid-Atlantic region. When that schedule became too much for me with graduate school and two babies, I formed a flute and harp duo. At its height, the duo won many national awards, toured, recorded, and played enough weddings to fill a large volume of hilarious stories.
There were few goals I was unable to reach, although sometimes not always in the way I wanted to reach them. At age 10, I wanted to be the only girl in the all-male flute section that mesmerized me in the Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic Young Peoples' concerts. At age 30, I was a frequent substitute in the all-male flute section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At 13, I wanted to swim in the Olympics. At age 47, I swam in the US Masters Nationals and finished in the top 8 of my 3 events. At an even earlier age, dreamt of having my own business, and at 57, started one.
I have two adult children, both of whom bring me great joy and pride. They each have made their own path, in their own way. We were able to educate them in fine schools, watch their accomplishments in swimming, academics, and are proud of their strength and character.
I have had 4 Labrador Retrievers who have warmed my soul and my cold feet in the winter.
Yes, indeed there have been challenges, heart break, traumas, and on more than one occasion I have had to learn strength I didn't know I had while rising up from the ashes of brokenness and tragedy.
But when all is said and done, it has been one hell of a ride (so far) and I wouldn't change any of it, because what didn't kill me, made me stronger.
OK. So I did pray very hard at age 6 for blonde hair and blue eyes. And at age 35 had a daughter, who had blonde hair and blue eyes. Still does.