The path not taken.


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?

Who knows?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kippi
    May 06, 2010 @ 20:50:59

    Doood. you done read my mind. I ponder this often and pretty much always come back to the idea that (hopefully) we make the best decisions possible at any given point in time. When we realize we should make a change and don’t ….well, that’s another kettle of dabloons.

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  2. Elisa
    May 06, 2010 @ 21:07:07

    I do this all the time. What if I had gone to medical school? What if my hobbies were my work? Would I end up sick of quilting like some of the semi-professional quilt designers I know? Would I be able to afford the lovely yarns and trips and fun if I had pursued an MFA instead of an MBA?

    I really hope that I am on the right path, but sometimes I feel like I am just playing at this work thing and will wake up back in school again 🙂

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  3. e
    May 06, 2010 @ 21:13:51

    guys, cut it out! you don’t need an MFA to do any of these things! nor will an MFA will get you any of these things! just do it! (took me some 30 years to figure that one out, and i didn’t do that, even, on my own…)

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    • thestashbuckler
      May 06, 2010 @ 21:29:57

      Oh I’m done with official degree seeking. But I did sort of have an epiphany that maybe I should be taking some classes and increasing my fiber knowledge. Who knows what I could do next?

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