When I was a kid I wanted to be a writer.
I knew what writers did as I was a library aficionado. I read books about dogs and horses and wrote books about horses and dogs – even drawing my own pictures. And as I got older I had the main NY public library on 42nd Street to roam. [I think I most loved walking up the steps between the lions.]
I also recall wanting to be other things like a circus performer, a ballerina, a vet, etc. Ah the power of a child’s imagination. Then when I was in high school I wanted to be an actor or a mathematician.
How I wound up becoming a psychologist and then an attorney can be attributed to life – who I met, when I met them and where I was living at the time.
Well after Graduate School and a return to the Boston area, a friend [also a psychologist] and I seriously considered opening a restaurant. We knew the exact location we wanted but could not rent it. So my breads and salads never went public. [Friend was a soup person.]
I did get back to writing and published some research and a few textbooks – and might have kept doing that but full time academia and I parted company.
In D.C. – I almost lived at the Library of Congress and loved one job I had as I researched old Congressional Quarterly's and other ancient documents.
Now I write what I want – from my head – and often without academic research. It’s Lynn’s opinion pieces about the world of human development and politics. And my neighbors get to enjoy my breads and salads at our potlucks.
I was fine with this – but life again came a knocking and now –
I may actually get into to the restaurant business – a pizza place family business.
When I grow up I want to write and have a restaurant.
You are never too old to do what you dreamed you wanted to do when you were a kid! [or early adult]