Picking up from where I left off in my last post, I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger award. I have already posted a link to those three lovely bloggers and had moved on to my next obligation, which was to reveal 7 things about myself that are not widely known. I have already given you all number one of that list.
Moving on ……
2. I started smoking when I was 11. True story. If you’ve known me for a number of years you would obviously know that I use to be a smoker. But unless you asked me, and hardly anyone ever did, you would never know that I started smoking as young as I did. I started smoking at that age for a number of reasons and I’ll eventually get to typing up some more Journey’s posts in the near future. But for anyone who has met me within the last couple of years, you’d never know that I ever smoked. I started smoking in 1989 and my first cigarette was compliments of my best friend who had taken them from her aunt. I smoked it sitting outside of my elementary school before school started one morning. I had a field trip that day. How do I remember that detail? I have no clue. I smoked my last cigarette on April 18th 2009. I quit smoking cold turkey without any aids ( unless you count the dum dum lollipops I used to distract me ). Why did I do it? I had finally had enough. Between my deteriorating health and the price of cigarettes I was over it.
3. I believe in paranormal activity. I’m not talking about the movie here people, I believe in a paranormal existence. You would only know this if you knew me really well and even some people who do, have never taken the time to ask me. I have learned over the years that there are certain topics of discussion I’d rather not initiate with other people. It’s not because I am ashamed or embarrassed by my beliefs (anyone who knows me well knows it’s quite the opposite). I am a very strong willed, opinionated person and I admire others who share those qualities. It’s because I’ve learned that a good majority of other people are not level headed, rational people. I strongly believe that everyone has the right to their own opinions and beliefs, even if they differ from my own. While I never have a problem discussing my thoughts and opinions with others, I do have a problem with those who feel that their opinions and beliefs are in fact “right” while any opposing thoughts and opinions are “wrong”. Having an intellectual conversation with these types of people is impossible and a waste of energy. I have too many other things to do. So…. I love debating and discussing these types of topics with open-minded people willing to have an intellectual conversation and stimulate my mind. But unless you ask me my opinion on the existence of the paranormal, you’d never know.
4. I have three college degrees. While I am extremely proud of the fact that I put myself through college while having three small children without the help of anyone ( no brag, just fact ), I am not one to use my education as a backing whenever I can. I’ve met people like that and it drives me insane. If you are arguing a point that green Kool-Aid taste better than red, there is no reason why your business degree should come into play during the conversation. If you are one of those people who throw your education around in places where it isn’t necessary, you are an idiot. I do not judge others based on their education, or lack thereof. I have met many of people who were college educated that lacked common sense and logic. I wouldn’t trust them to bag my groceries and I sure as hell wouldn’t have any kind of relationship with them. Sometimes handing the ignorant a college degree can be dangerous. I have worked hard to teach my kids to be open minded and rule their relationships without judgement. I do not throw my education around or offer up that info until necessary. If you want to know you’d need to ask me. I have a Bachelors degree in Forensics, an Associates degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as an Associates in Biological Sciences. I have experience in crime scene studies, criminal profiling, have assisted in many autopsies, isolated and identified unknown bacterial specimens, worked in a hospital setting, assisted in surgeries, worked as an emergency medical technician on an ambulance, delivered 3 babies (not mine), performed life-saving CPR, and performed a tracheotomy to save a life.
So let me ask you this…… I have revealed 4 things thus far that are not widely known about me. I’m curious to know, has any of this information changed the way you view me? Does my prioritizing my chocolate addiction over my health make you think less of me? Does my prior nicotine addiction and juvenile habits make you look down on me? Does my belief in ghosts make you take me less seriously? Does my education make you take me more seriously? Or does none of this really matter since you’ve gotten to know me prior to learning of this?
My next post will have my final three things not widely known. My nominees are coming up too. Is there anything you’re hoping to find out?