Saturday, August 2, 2014
When I Grow Up
When I was in High School I knew I wanted to be an architect. Then I realized I had to take a lot of art classes I didn't enjoy, wasn't good at, and wouldn't use. So then I kinda thought I might enjoy being a teacher, possibly in History or English. I also wanted to write books of some sort. Then I met the love of my life, was burned out on college, and wanted to get my real life started. I took the opportunity to become a retail manager and that is what I still do today. I don't hate my job but there is really no passion behind it. Long story short, I have struggled with wanting to know what I want to do with my life and how to get there. Through the years at my current job I realized I want to work at a job where I can help people. I considered the Human Resources route but parts of that still didn't seem like the right fit. After my T1D diagnosis I had a chance to volunteer with several organizations and get a new fundraising event off the ground. That helped me realize that I am passionate about getting the word out about diabetes and helping to make a difference in that realm. I was thinking I really wanted to delve into the non profit world. Then last week I saw this. ConnecT1D was looking for an executive director. I was past the deadline to apply and not the most qualified candidate in the field but I read and reread the job description time and time again. I realized that this is what I want to do with my life. I want to be a part of the team that is making the difference. I want to connect with people like me and be involved in the lives of people living with diabetes. I am passionate about diabetes (how can you not be when it's such a huge part of your life) and I get such a boost in my motivation and my mood when I get the opportunity to connect with people in that world. Since that day my mind has been consumed with thoughts of what I need to do to get there. I find myself day dreaming and searching the web for open positions. While organizations like JDRF and ADA that raise money for research are appealing, what really intrigues me is a group that if focused on connecting PWDs and creating that support network. I think it took seeing the position at ConnecT1D to realize that. As I read through all the information on their website and found myself nodding in agreement and wanting to scream out YES! This is what I've been looking for! I immediately emailed them about setting up an Adult T1D group in Boise and had a great talk with Lara Williamson, the Adult T1D director. Now I am on a quest. What do I need to get to that point? Do I join someplace like ConnecT1D and start somewhere new? Or do I start fresh right here where I am? A funny thing happens when you realize what your dream job is and start feeling empowers to reach it. I pay more attention to my diabetes and take better care of it. So if there is a job out there that makes me excited and interested every day and makes me more motivated to take better care of myself why would I want to do anything else?