Sunday, February 24, 2008


Tomorrow I transform from a Financial Counselor to a Computer Analyst. As I head into the second half-century of my life I thought this would be a good time to re-invent myself again.

My original desire was to become a minister so I moved to California and took a degree in Theology. But, for reasons I may go into someday, that did not work out. As I cast around for something else to do with my life, the wonderful world of finance presented itself, initially in the form of mortgage banking. But since that is based on the principle of the leech (attach yourself to somebody and bleed them dry), I eventually decided to move on to accounting, first for a Church, then for a little media ministry.

This century we moved to Texas where my family lives and I became a Financial Counselor, working for a non-profit that helps people get out of debt. I've done that over the past 5 years and it has been satisfying, but I've always been a bit of a computer geek. Working in our IT department will be an actual fun job, rather than just a job that fills my bank account and doesn't drive me crazy.

Plus I have always been wary of letting my brain crystallize as I go through life. I don't want to settle, I refuse to live in some comfortable rut with the same challenges and the same opinions. I abhor being predictable, or living a life that is predictable. I don't want to stiffen and become inflexible, I'm determined to grow and change to the end of my life, to learn and spread out and be free.

"Man's mind stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension," as Oliver Wendlell Holmes said. I wish never to be afraid to stretch myself to a new idea, a new experience.

I will re-invent myself everyday in small ways, and, when the chance appears, in big ways sometimes too.

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