Monday, March 02, 2009

Time Marches On

I'm not exactly sure when exactly it became March. The snow is blowing outside, the weather reporters are all a-twitter, I'm snuggled up on the couch with the animals, most of us under blankets, and it's hard to believe Spring is a scanty three weeks away. But it is.

Along with Spring comes a time of rebirth. Things that you were convinced were dead somehow find it within themselves to push for warmth, and burst out into green and growth again. Some things, you discover, really have died. They fertilize others, though, so even in death, more life can occur.

Always a fan of metaphors, my life has been in a bit of a long cold winter. And I'm looking forward to Spring. I've made several career changes, people have come in and out of my life, and I've felt much of the time that I don't even know who I am. To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, there is too much to explain - let me just sum up.

I've gone back to school. Again. I'm studying Animal Behavior and Training, with a focus on working/service animals and exotics, through a program grounded scientifically in operant conditioning. That means I'll be learning positive methods to work with behavioral issues of many species of animals. No, I don't know exactly what I'm going to do with that yet (I don't want to be a "dog trainer"). But the timing worked out that I had a minor (I thought) disagreement with one supervisor and then coincidentally was falsely accused by her of somethings that I couldn't disprove, so it was a good time to make a little switch I'd been contemplating (and in fact taken early steps towards) anyway.

Some friends have slipped from my life as well, which I suppose means they weren't the friends I thought they were. I do believe that people come into our lives for a reason, and I guess that means they go out of our lives for a reason as well. The friends who are still in my life stand beside me as I make some big changes, laughing and crying with me. If a time comes that they no longer belong in my life, I will miss them and these times with them.

I'm of course still knitting and spinning, though not as much as I would like. I hope to resume blogging with a little more frequency, even though time is so short.

No matter what, I'm on my way to becoming healthy, wealthy, and wise!


Blogger chacha said...

Good luck with school! I ponder it every so often, but never do anything about it. Good for you! :)

4:39 PM  
Blogger rho said...

sounds like a plan ;)

I'm working on the healthy wealthy and wise too - but my wealthy will have to be in the form of lottery winnings -- guess I should buy a ticket now and again huh?

5:44 PM  
Blogger laura said...

Good for you!

I think this is a most excellent choice for you. :)

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Marcia said...

As a fan of Cesar Milan, I think your new direction is a perfect one for you. ( And, sometimes, those former friends move on because their actions or words were misunderstood, not because they weren't friends to begin with. I have some personal experience with that.)

7:42 PM  
Blogger erica said...

Amie, I'm so happy to hear about your return to school. It's amazing how finding something that makes us so happy can make us feel more grounded, even if you're busier than you've ever been. Good luck in school.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amie - I am one of your biggest fans and cheerleaders!

Loving you from California!

Change is always good, congratulations!

Love you tons,


10:12 PM  
Anonymous k said...


9:27 AM  
Blogger Tapsalteerie said...

I had a feeling you were moving more towards animals... I think it's natural to progress from one thing to another. Lord knows I don't knit or spin as often as I once did, and right now I'm up to my eyeballs in sheep breeding and pre-lambing prep... so it's sort of spinning related :)

I have friends that come and go... I don't think it's a bad thing... sometimes our friends don't grow in the same direction we do... or don't understand why we feel lead a certain way.

Glad to hear you'll be posting again... I've missed you :)

10:11 AM  
Blogger Minh said...

I'm sure you will excel at Animal Behavior and Training! Wishing you lots of good things for this spring :)

9:00 PM  
Blogger weebug said...

ah spring, rebirth, growth, change. you embody embracing it!

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

How lovely to see the new posts, and the higher spirit! I think you're headed in the right direction for sure.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Unfringed said...

I'm just now getting around to catching up on everyone's blogs, so sorry for the delay, but good luck with school! I know that, for me, going back has been an awesome (if hectic) experience so far and you have so much more going on than I do! Congrats on getting the IRS thing settled for B-More - that sounds like an amazing program!

2:00 PM  

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