I love playing, learning, teaching, traveling... Years ago, I combined my love for travel with my passion for learning and volunteered in an isolated village. During my free time, I taught my host family how to play the American card game Go Fish. The game has a simplicity that gracefully carries it across languages. Games possess a powerful ability to connect people across cultures, creating opportunities for people to learn from each other.
For a while, I assumed I would become a teacher. I loved learning and teaching, so why not make a career out of it? The conventional career route, women as teachers, troubled me, though. Longing for a path less traveled, I turned from the classroom to the playground. A playground consultant? Why not? After “analyzing” playgrounds from Athens to Alaska, I would naturally have great ideas to offer folks here. I could even go into designing accessible playgrounds for kids with disabilities. Then later, I played with the idea of becoming a dance instructor. Every dance class offered at my college, I signed up for. Salsa is my specialty, though I love the dream-like swirls of the American waltz.
I continue to travel, play cards, dance, and climb those 15-feet-high jungle gyms that seem to only exist in Europe now. Ultimately, for a career, I settled on law: a form of life-long learning and teaching.