Sarah: Today I went for a walk and thought about stuff*.
The stuff kinda went a bit like this:
Now I’m 43 years old, and have three kids aged 12, 11 and 6. I’ve been married for nearly 18 years. I have a house and a garden and a dog. I do exercise and I eat well.
I’m a grown-up. Really, yes, now I am a grown up.
I’m working as a science writer, which gives me great freedom and flexibility and allows me to earn money, to continue learning about really cool science and to hone my writing skills on an ongoing basis. This is great. I am very lucky.
But I’m really not anywhere near set in my career. I will not be freelance writing forever. I have plans. I have really big plans.
The fact that my big plans are not at all clear at the moment does not stop me. All I know is that all this thinking and writing and learning about audience and thinking and writing some more is giving me skills that have value.
Will I come up with a kick-arse idea and become an entrepeneur? Will I work for a huge scientific or medical institution? Will I write a book? Will I start teaching? Will I go back to research? Will I study medicine?
I don’t know. And that’s ok. For now.