Back when I was in college, I thought I wanted to be an english professor. I committed my studies along that road, specializing in the bible as literature (there’s a lot more to be said about that, but in another post perhaps). But I never finished college. I became severely depressed and dropped out before earning my degree. I entered the workforce and haven’t looked back since.
One thing I have always been passionate about is science. I don’t pretend to be any sort of expert, but I do know a few things in several different fields. This is how I am though. I don’t have the mathematical part figured out, but concepts and vocabulary I am proficient in.
I just had a good talk with my friend Will and I was discussing with him the upcoming El Niño event that will be changing the climate in my part of the world for the next several months. We wandered from that topic to geology where I also have a dangerously useful amount of knowledge. He gave me a really neat compliment, insisting that I should go into the field professionally because he was having such a good time listening to what I was saying. But like I said, I don’t have the whole package. But the part of me that still wants to be a teacher is always a part of who I am. I have been told many times that I have a way of explaining things that is very welcoming. I can cover advanced topics and have my points easily understood or conceptualized. This has paid dividends at work, where much of my day is spent trying to explain things to people clearly and simply. I have never had a call where I couldn’t get someone through the troubleshooting. I never have people hang up in frustration, and if I can’t get it working right then and there, I will send someone out who can.
So Will’s compliment was very nice. I really do like explaining things to people in a way that is not overwhelming or patronizing. Just ask Sassafras (I had some astronomy factoids to share on her recent Pluto post). Don’t even get me started on the solar system.
I’m having a good night. Tomorrow’s plans are largely dependent on what the boy is feeling up to. Today we did not do much. I got my laundry done and we went shopping. I put a round top roast in the crock pot today and we will probably be eating it tomorrow night. It’s on low and stewing in beef broth, diced veggies and various seasonings.
My mood has been pretty stable. I have been taking the increased Lithium for more than a week and I’m feeling nominal. But I’m tired. I didn’t sleep well last night. Here’s hoping for a deviation in that pattern.