This is the question I keep hearing: What are you going to do next? The short answer is I am not sure, but I am not quitting my job. When I began the M.A. in Health Studies I did anticipate a career change. Right now, I don’t. I have learned, however, not to anticipate what I will be doing in the future. (Alabama? Associate dean? Triathlons. Never on my list or radar.) I also recall the wise words of three storytellers when I finished the M.A. in Storytelling and said I wanted to be a children’s librarian and storyteller. Paraphrased, they all told me, “don’t do anything stupid.” There are really many ways that I can use my education without making stupid moves.
I have some ideas but I am not ready to discuss them yet. Suffice to say that I am thinking about intersections between story, health education, and information. I’m going to take some time to think about where that will lead and how. I have a few research ideas that I am considering but that need to be developed.
I also have three half Ironman distance races on my schedule for 2014 so I will be doing some swimming, biking and running to prepare for those.
Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me on this journey so far. I really am looking forward to what is next, whatever that may be.