Hmmm . . . I’d have studied abroad, traveled (most definitely) possibly taken a different major (writing instead of special education), maybe married later ( I married early for today’s standards)–or maybe not.
I didn’t think this prompt would be a challenge, but found it was. I like what I’ve made of my life, for all its ups and downs. I like the career I have and seeing the impact I have on the children I work with is so gratifying. I’ve learned to accept all the bits and pieces of my history and my reality. To be honest I don’t think I’d do a rewrite. Of course, if the rewrite meant I’d get a guaranteed amazingly rich existence in a world without worry and amazing travels, I’d reconsider that.
But I think if I could rewrite history it would be for my children, for their relatively short history until present. I’d rewrite and create a history for them that made growing up easier, and made accepting who they are and being comfortable in their own skin easier.
I work with preschoolers who for the most part are that. When they’re not, I feel for them and wish I could find a way inside their head to help them.
Life is so fleeting its a shame not to enjoy every minute, but that is a pie in the sky notion- I know. What works for me is keeping in mind two things , be kind and work hard. But no matter how you cut it homeostasis is hard.
To rewrite or not to rewrite, that’s my question to you. What would you do?