"Are you Jewish?", asks Barbara Ellen one of the characters in the current production of The New Century playing at the Newhouse Theater in Lincoln Center.
"Why because I am opinionated AND articulate?" answers Linda Lavin's character, Helene.
I heard that Barack Obama thinks that being called articulate is offensive. Phishaw!
I have recently been described that way and I like it! I believe it is accurate. I am articulate and probably much like Helene, opinionated which makes blogging the perfect outlet for me.
And I think the fact that I am so articulate throws off many people, especially when I was younger and in high school. I had a hard time in school and was told I was smart but lazy. But now at almost 37, I realize it wasn't entirely true. I was smart, but not lazy. I did end up going to college. I worked hard to get through and loved it but the truth is I really wasn't college material and there wasn't much available for a person like me.
Now however there is. In NYC there is a program called CTE (career and technical education.) These schools provide what we used to call Vocational Education. I remember the stigma of not wanting to be "one of those kids". But "those kids" are probably making way more money than I ever earned, being pushed to be a college bound and never quite feeling like I fit in.
I don't write about my work here because much of what I do write is so personal and I would not be thrilled to have clients search my name and read about my dating screw-ups. But what I will tell you is that I am a person who lives off the grid. I heard this term recently by someone I am partnering with in a business venture and I love that description.
I live off the grid!
I found work that I love FINALLY about three years ago. It's not corporate at all and it's not always steady work, YET, but I love it. But there are moments I can't help wonder what if they had this kind of program when I was in school? Would I have started this work back then and have been more financially stable at this stage in my life? Would I have felt emotionally more secure and happier earlier in my life? And would those things have enabled me to feel secure enough in me that I might have found my partner in life and had a family by now?
Who can say for sure? But I am glad to learn that kids today are not jammed into a one-size fits all educational mentality and perhaps find their passion and purpose in life earlier than I did.