What did you want to be when you grew up? I had a few ideas: pastor, band director, and professor. As a fairly unimaginative kid, I cycled through those three moderately practical options until 20 years old. My mom tells a story about me preaching from the top of our backyard slide when I was just 6 or 7 years old. Although, I did go through a brief phase where I wanted to be a marine biologist.
Wow. This resonated so so deeply with me. I've totally eschewed "meeting my needs" in favor of passion and fulfillment—but this is the first time I've ever considered that it's due to a systemic failure that those are considered mutually exclusive! I'm excited to see what we all come up with as innovative solutions for this incredibly troubling problem.