Some of my friends are experiencing this too - women everywhere are feeling something happening - and we have had long conversations about death, faith, science, DNA wisdom and aboriginal serpent myths, the need for rites of passage for modern men and women, parenting, housework (as a metaphor for all sorts of things, and as a problem to be solved every single bloody day), the evolution of intelligence and so on. We hit upon great truths and say, "Quick, somebody write this down!" Often, this is while toddlers and/or teenagers tear the house apart and try their best to fall down the stairs and/or set fire to the kitchen. The teenagers roll their eyes at our musings because, as we once did, they already have all the answers.
Suddenly, (Ok not suddenly, really, but gradually over the last five months or so) I have a plan. I know what I need to do - and this has given me direction and ambition that I've never had before. Interestingly, the planets are realigning to reflect this: A brand-new-this-year, modern degree course at Bournemouth University that I discovered browsing their website. Mentioning to a friend that this is the exact anthropology degree I've always wanted, only they hadn't invented it yet. Her saying, "But that's so-and-so's baby, you met her the other night. You had an argument about slash and burn farming." Realising that I can get some of the funding, because the world needs experts in counter terrorism and cultural conflict management. And most of all that I read so many anthropology books in my twenties that I know how little I know. Perhaps if I learn more, I will know even less and I love that.
|Well maybe I won't ACTUALLY grow up.|
Photo by Miira!
I'm not about to rush off and have adventures in modern anthropology just yet, as the boys (mature and self-sufficient know-it-alls though they are) will need stews and laundry services and (oh the horror) sensible bedtimes and (say it isn't so) computer limits for several more years. But when they go off to have their own lives, I will be ready to have mine.
I've finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.