School never taught me to file taxes, or how to set a budget. CCD (Sunday school) never taught me why Catholics say the things we do in Mass. Job trainings are never as good as the boss promises they'll be in the interview. The vet didn't tell me how to trick my kitten into taking medicine.
I've always liked strategy games. You have to think long-term, as well as in the moment. Finances are the same, once you know the rules.
However, I don't exactly read a Shakespeare play every week these days. I still enjoy his work, just as I enjoy Victor Hugo, and other Real Literature, but usually in short spurts. Books and plays like those aren't always page-turning lose-yourself-in-another-world stories.
I turn 25 today, which feels like a milestone. In the last quarter century, I’ve raised goats, read through a library and a half, graduated college (and gone back for round two), solo traveled on three continents, dirtbagged, lived with a family that’s not my own, volunteered full-time, learned a second language, and threw in my lot working for a Fortune 500 company.
The problem is, I like a little bit of everything, and there's some things I like a lot. But no one thing overpowers everything to the extent I want to go down that path to the exclusion of all else. And then, I discovered American Sign Language interpreting.
Women have to put in extra work to keep up in physically demanding jobs. The reality is, men are generally stronger than most women. Losing control of a stack of four 5-gallon buckets on a dolly once is embarrassing. Losing control twice is the start of a pattern that needs to stop. So I work to get stronger rather than making excuses.
So if you're feeling lonely and disconnected a few months into college, study abroad, your new job in that city, or an idyllic llama ranch in Peru, there's nothing wrong with you. You didn't miss anything crucial. Roots just take time to grow.