A few nights ago I had a dream where I was back in college. That in itself is not unusual since I still seem to have those “you failed out of one class and didn’t actually graduate” dreams every so often. But the interesting thing about the dream the other night was that I had only a few weeks to complete a final project for a class. And as the professor handed out the assignment I squealed with glee: the assignment was to knit a shawl of more than 1000 yards and then donate it to a charity for auction.
When I woke up I mulled this dream over, thinking how cool it would have been if that had actually been a possible final back when I was in school. And then I started thinking about what I actually pursued in school (and in grad school) and wondered if maybe I zigged when I should have zagged.
Do you ever contemplate the path(s) not taken in life? In general when I make decisions, I am confident that I make the best possible decision at THAT POINT IN TIME given the information that I have. But then there’s hindsight, and years of experience and external influence and so many other things that change the way I see things. What might my life have been like if instead I had pursued textiles and fiber arts? Might I have an MFA today? Might I be working in a career that I love, or struggling to find a job with a degree that doesn’t always have economic applications?