Five Minute Friday: Path

A mug of tea.

A square of dark chocolate.

And a few spare moments to write.

What bliss.

Linking up with Lisa-Jo, as ever.

This week’s word? Is PATH.


When I was younger, I was so sure of the path I wanted to follow.

Many times.

If you’d asked me at seven, it was easy. I was going to be a librarian, look after books all day and read all night.

At eleven I was going to be a singer. Not a megastar, but a backing singer. Traveling the world, making people smile.

At fifteen I was going to be a nanny, leave school behind (a couple of bully-teachers had me convinced I wasn’t smart. Exams, tests, degrees showed otherwise). Spend my days surrounded by wee folk, reading stories, pureeing fruit and tickling teeny tiny precious baby toes.

At eighteen, writing called my name. I had dreams of being a story breaking journalist, a poet, a writer of big, impressive things.

At twenty, I dreamed of being a housewife, raising happy, healthy kids with a husband I loved.

None of those paths lead me here.

Which is a good thing.

You can never be too sure of the path, or too fixed on the path. Sometimes life is going to change your course, for good or for ill. I never expected to go to university in Aberdeen (I had my heart set on Edinburgh). I never expected to make some of my best friends in my twenties. I had absolutely no idea I was going to fall in love with a football loving pragmatist with an adorable Geordie accent.

Isn’t that grand?

I’m so glad my path’s been different. Because every twist and turn had made me a better person, and every twist and turn has lead me to right here. Exactly where I’m meant to be.


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  1. Tresta
    15th June 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Yep! We make plans, God directs our steps. I still want to be a librarian…quiet + books = happy! Stopping by from Lisa Jo's.

  2. Jill
    15th June 2012 / 6:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I couldn't agree more! I would have never of dreamed I would be a homeschool mama to 6 blessings 15 years ago!Thanks for sharing!

  3. Riot Kitty
    16th June 2012 / 12:37 am

    You can never be too sure of the path, or too fixed on the path. *So true!*

  4. Miss Ash
    16th June 2012 / 1:23 am

    How horrible that you had teachers bully you. I'm glad you went into the same profession to show the kidlets they can shine as bright as the sun and anything is possible!

  5. Relyn
    16th June 2012 / 5:55 pm

    Your ruminations have my mind just buzzing. I don't even know what to say here -I have thoughts to think. You know?

  6. Claire
    17th June 2012 / 11:54 am

    Tresta, perhaps we should set up our own libraries :)Jill, what a blessing and a privelege. Homeschooling is such an interest of mine, I look forward to checking out your blog.RK, so glad of the path that brought us together.Miss Ash, I'm lucky to be able to do my bit. Fun and fulfilling!Relyn, glad this has you abuzz. Love when writing kindles thought.

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