Thursday, February 22, 2007

2 Peas Thursday Blogger Challenge - What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up

Join us today/Thursday if you blog. Challenge: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up????

Growing up I went through a couple of careers that I wanted. I started out wanting to be a lawyer like my aunt Cathy. I eventually changed my mind about law because I realized that there was something inside me that would keep me from ever being able to defend someone that I knew was really guilty. The thought of doing this weighed so much on my

conscience that I knew I would never be able to do it. After deciding that I could not go through with becoming I lawyer I decided that I was going to go into journalism. I love writing. I love photography. I love getting facts and writing about them. I did a co-op placement in highschool at the local newspaper and loved every single minute of it. Then at Christmas time a local mom and her kids were killed in a car accident. The editor of the paper published a photo on the front page of an adult-sized coffin beside two child-sized coffins. I freaked. I thought it was so insensitive for the grieving family members. I freaked so much I almost got fired from my placement. The editor told me that I was an amazing writer but that I would never make it as a journalist because I had too much heart. I worried about people's feelings instead of only caring about the story. To me that meant not becoming a journalist because I don't see anything wrong with having too much heart. I love my ability to care for and empathize with others. That is a piece of me that will never change no matter what job I ever do.


BonnieRose said...

I agree. never compromise. period. amen sister!

Maureen said...

Wow... glad you made the right choice...heart over story any day.

Great post.

Lynn said...

What a great post. I agree, your hear have to be in it and if its not its a NO GO!

Anonymous said...

I agree I had a similar experience as I too love photgraphy and writing, but found that I hated exploiting people for the news. Now I do my photgraphy as art. It is after all what gives me the best feeling about taking photos.
It is good to hear that you never lost your own passion for photography I saw that talent was there long ago.

With My Very Best Regards;

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