They told me this wasn't love
I have always been drawn to travel and adventure. I love experiencing new places and cultures, and pushing myself to try new things. Traveling is exciting and humbling in all of the best ways. It provides learning experiences and memories that'll last a lifetime. But it isn't always easy.
Walking alone at night. Paying the bill. Having children. Leading a work project. Dressing up for a party. Maintaining the household. Making the first move. You know what they are. Without explanation you've probably heard about these expectations for women—things women are expected and not expected to do, the way women are meant to act and the way they aren't. Each situation highlights something very important—the prevailing existence of the gender gap.
I love what I do. Writing has always been my great love and the idea of spending the rest of my life creating content like this fills me with so much excitement at all the projects I have yet to come. Finding a way to turn something you love into something you can do for a living isn't a luxury everyone has. So I'm incredibly grateful I've found a way to mold the two.
I did the thing. That thing that everyone says is supposed to secure your future stability. College, they say, guarantees a good career, a good home, and a good life. In college, you'll be able to master your craft and form a broad network of connections for lifelong success. But here's the thing that they don't tell you—a college degree doesn't secure shit.
I was seven years old when my parents started losing track of their time. Or I should say, losing track of their time with me. Work was the priority.