An Odd Thing To Be Thankful For

It’s Thanksgiving. Gobble gobble. I wish a fun and wonderful one to you and yours. I’m thankful for all the great things in my life–job, friends, family, it’s all great. I’ll throw a curveball thing this year. It’s something I’m very thankful for.

I went in for my routine cleaning at the dentist yesterday. Keep in mind, this is the same dentist I’ve had since I was …this is the only dentist I’ve had. So whenever you start going, I’ve been going to him.

He always smiles when I come in. It’s because I’m all fixed now. He says I was orthodontically challenged. That’s an understatement.

Most people have to have their wisdom teeth pulled or braces to straighten things out. So me? Not all my back adult teeth decided to come in. So there would have been gaps everywhere.

So when I was younger a chunk of my baby teeth were pulled to let the teeth that were coming in–come in. Then he stuck braces on them and pulled them all forward.

You wouldn’t have a clue.

He also made the front look great. Put on some porcelain veneers to fill all the spaces. He did a really really really great job. It took three hours just to get the top braces off, laser around the gums and make them look the way they do now. That was ten years ago.

Then as I got older it was interesting because the top teeth that didn’t have bottom teeth to rest on started to drop because there was nothing there. Eventually they would have just come down the root. Ah! I know. So those were yanked too. Adult teeth. Yep. Those X-rays were always fun to see and confuse the heck out of new people. But those who have been there all along and my dentist appreciate all the work. It was interesting. And now I have nice chompers. I’m thankful for that.

Take The Wheel And Go

Eversince I can remember, I wrote. When I was in gradeschool I wrote short stories, middle school I added in scripts and poetry into the mix then by highschool I started blogging.

So for college it was a no-brainer I picked Journalism. I was one of the few people who never changed my major. I was published by my sophomore year.

Now, I’m getting paid to do what I love. When I look back on that, it’s inspiring. I stuck to my passion and now I get paid to do it.

There are a lot of people who settle for a career. Life happens and people just do what gets them by. I don’t think they have to. No goal is unachievable if it’s what you really want. Is it easy? No, of course not. College was one of the toughest experiences. But it was also the most rewarding experience too.

What was even more inspiring were the older people in my classes. I went to a public university downtown, so it was very much of a commuter campus.  In many of my classes there were people in their 40s, 50s and even 60s.

So it’s never too late. If you have something you’re passionate about, just do it. It’s rewarding and makes life better. There were a few things along the way that would have been easy and got me working quicker. But I’m glad I stuck it out. So if you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, or a major you don’t like, only you can change it. Doesn’t matter what’s going on, you are the only one in control. So take the wheel and go.