I've sometimes tried to answer these questions, but I couldn't say I've got a pin-point answer. I've always been a Jack (or jill?) of All Trades, and while I am sure I've long-since disappointed my parents in that I shan't ever be a doctor, I suspect they'll know I'm happy Outside The Box. In fact, I wonder if I've ever been IN it.
As of now, my life sort of runs like this:
The Animal Whisperer ~ Well, what did you expect? My whole life has sort of been a love affair with every creature on the planet. I've cared for cats and dogs, snakes, rabbits, chicken, sheep, lizards, rodents, hedgehogs, hawks, owls... I've ministered to many of them. I currently still work with them on a limited basis.
The Artist ~ I've been drawing since I could remember (you've seen this in the last post, yes?) I've worked in fine arts, I've worked in performing arts. I would say I've covered ALL of the arts, but I'm a horrible singer (but that's our little secret, right?) When I'm not doing imaginative things, I think about it all day long.
Probably the greatest use of my imagination was first used here: www.chovexani.com (don't faint!) and now I love doing this, as well: vagabondcreations
The Bee Charmer ~ My grandfather owned 40 hives in Hungary. My mother was a beekeeper despite having devastating allergies to bee stings. My mother's stories were a great motivator, as well as the fact that bees are dying in the world. Bees are important pollinators, without them, we would run out of food in 3 or 4 years by some estimates. And it's challenging taking care of bees. It was only a matter of time before I was going to learn how to care for them. We have three hives on top of our city roof. They have been a source of amazement and delight. In many ways they have taken care of me, giving me an education and teaching me to be much calmer and purposeful with my movements.
The Herbwyfe ~ I'll admit it. I haven't always been enchanted by the Wild World. But I couldn't deny that the Universe makes some amazing stuff. The older I got, the more I looked away from the constructs of man, to the simpler, amazing world of Nature. Our ancestors used plants for many things, amongst them medicine. I've been fascinated by this since I was in my twenties, so off I went to become an herbwyfe, which is an olde world (or perhaps reconstructed?) term for a woman who spends her life learning and living with herbs in a practical way. It's been interesting and useful learning, so far.
The Writer ~ Confession number two: I never thought I'd end up writing so much. Which is strange, since I've loved writing since I was a younger girl, and my mother always said I should write. But it was tedious, too tedious for a girl running all about, and for an adult...well, running all about. I hadn't the patience; there was so much to do in life, after all. I had so many stories and ideas rattling in my head, but I'm a horrible perfectionist, and a procrastinator--or perhaps a procrastinator BECAUSE I'm a perfectionist. After all, it'll be better if I learn how to do it better tomorrow. So how I managed to have3 or 4 blogs, work on other people's blogs, and write about farming, I don't know!
The Farmer ~ Probably the hardest of the bunch. In my heart, I know I am one. I've read everything I could get my hands on about the subject. I've traveled to farms, worked on farms, learned first hand. Heck, I've even advised farmers on how to diversify their farms. I've written on the subject to no end. I've done micro farming on city rooftops and abandoned lots. I've applied for farm jobs, to no avail. I've worked with livestock, plants, herbs. I wash my clothes with a washboard, I embroider and knit, and can make homemade butter...I make a mean strawberry pie, even.
I just don't have the land to do this. With as many low paying jobs as I run around doing, in a very poor economy, my wages just won't get me there for awhile. Anyone have any bright ideas?
And so there it is. My world Outside the Box. Interesting, challenging, sometimes frustrating, but never boring. I don't regret one minute of my funny unconventional life. I remember being a little girl and thinking I didn't need a ton of money, I just wanted to have a most unusual life.
Funny how some of our childhood dreams do come true.