When growing up, most of us were so certain of our lives ahead. We were going to be dancers, or veterinarians, playing for the NBA, or travelling through space. We were going to fall madly in love, have 3 kids, a house and 2 dogs (or, for some of us, we were going to maintain our independence, climb the corporate ladder, all while sipping wine in a different country as often as possible (without the kids or dogs!))
At some point though, reality hit. Many of us wound up in careers that we never knew existed. We either had kids we didn’t expect or didn’t have the kids we anticipated all along. We fell in love not wanting to, or out of love not expecting to. And we either learned to play the hand we were dealt or we asked for a re-deal.
Take me for example. I knew I was going to be a journalist and write for a major newspaper. I was going to have 4 kids, a dog, and a house in the suburbs (I never was quite certain of the “love” part!) Instead, I “fell” into Human Resource Management while in undergrad school and have grown a successful career in Corporate America ever since. I’ve fallen in and out of love, experienced interfaith relationships, have rolled on the marriage wheel a couple of times (and fallen off!), lived an alternative life style for a period of time, and tolerated city living until I conjured up the courage to move myself and my kids to what my daughter referred to at the time as “suburban hell”. I’ve raised 3 millennials, am working on my 9 year old now (I’m not sure what generation we’re at.. Gen Z??), and, as a mother, have dealt with everything ranging from the physical and emotional destruction of bulimia to the devastation of totaling a first car to the excitement of being accepted to a top tier law school, and pretty much everything in between. (Now that I think about it, I realize the only part of my life that I had actually expected was the 4 kids and the dog!)
So, how does this all tie into Sheri’s Two Cents? While I never did make it to the NY Times, I still love to write. And what I have come to realize is that I have been able to make an impact on people’s lives through my words, which are based on my own experiences and my own life’s journey. My hope is that this Blog will touch one of you in some way. Whether it’s to provide some stimulating controversy in your life, or to provide you with a new window from which to view your world, I’ll offer you my two cents (for whatever it’s worth.)