If you would have told me that at the age of 25 I would be married to a Jersey boy that I met on the Internet, the mother of a 2-year-old, and a Billing Assistant at a law firm, I would have laughed you out of house and home.
Let me explain...
My entire life I wanted to be a teacher. I only played teacher with my friends, and I would never settle for being a student. School shopping was often the highlight of my summer and I LOVED school. I was not a "teacher's pet," but I genuinely loved helping my teachers. I had everything planned out. I first wanted to be a special education teacher. I was accepted into a prestigious program at a good university. Family tragedy hit, and I moved home. When I transferred to a university closer to home, I dabbled in social work. I was working with adults with disabilities, but realized that wasn't a career. I went "home" to education. This time, however, I went to early childhood education.
I was fully immersed into the program and got into the School of Education. Excitedly, I started my first semester in the program and realized that there were so many politics that I could not handle it.
At the same time, I got a job to pay the bills as a Medical Biller. I thought to myself that when my fiance' (now husband) and I had children, I could do that on the side and give up teaching for a bit to raise the children. His mother did that, so I thought I could as well.
It hit me that instead of doing medical billing on the side that I could go to school for that. So I did, and graduated from a local technical college with an Associate's Degree and a certificate. I worked my way up as far as I could at my job, until my age proved to be a barrier. Being 25 apparently meant that I was not management material. It was then and there I realized that it was time for me to move on.
I started looking for a different position and a job recruiter asked if I was opposed to billing in a different field. When I said no, she told me about a job billing for a law firm. I shrugged and thought that there was no harm in going to the interview. I interviewed twice and did not get the job, again because of my age.
Not discouraged, I began looking for other legal billing jobs because through the interview process my interest peaked. I happened to find one, interviewed and the rest is now history. I know bill for the second-largest minority-owned law firm in the United States.
I love what I am doing and I love that I can be a full-time mom and focus on one child (with one more in the future, God willing). After our local school district laid off hundreds of teachers, I knew I had made the right decision. After being a mom for over two years, I also realize I could NEVER be a stay-at-home mom.
Am I where I thought I would be? Of course not. I thought I'd have my Bachelor's and would be going for my Master's. I never thought an Associate's degree would satisfy me. I never thought that I would be working at a law firm. But I also never thought that I would be happily married to a man from New Jersey with a beautiful child at 25.
I've quickly learned that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.
In the closing scene of the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages (starring one of my FAVORITE American Idol alumni, Constantine Maroulis), the narrator states that "sometimes the dreams you come in with, may not be the dreams you leave with."
|Thanks to Elle for the picture!|