Over at RevGalBlogPals, Singing Owl writes: I am at a life-changing juncture. I do not know which way I will go, but I have been thinking about the times, people and events that changed my life (for good or ill) in significant ways. For today's Friday Five, share with us five "fork-in-the-road" events, or persons, or choices. And how did life change after these forks in the road?
1. My choice to skip most of the 6th grade, which ultimately meant I graduated from high school at 16, affected so many more elements of my life that it's impossible to calculate. It wasn't easy, especially from the social standpoint. But it shaped me in so many ways... for example, if I hadn't been on track to graduate early, I wouldn't have encountered my future husband the summer before my senior year!
2. College is an easy one. Had I gone to a state school, I wouldn't have had student loans to pay off when I graduated, but I also wouldn't have several of the friendships I cherish today.
3. Buying our house. It's amazing how where you live affects your life's pattern; if we'd bought a house even half a mile away from this one, life could very well have been totally different.
4. Getting fired from a job that I wouldn't admit I hated. I was incredibly angry, hurt, and scared at the time, but it opened up amazing possibilities -- for starters, rescuing a certain stray puppy, and getting a new job that paid 40% more than the one I'd lost.
5. Visiting Church A first, even though Church B is closer to our house. I'm not sure why, but we decided to try them in alphabetical order. We never left Church A to try Church B. And a year after starting that new, higher-paying job, I walked away from it to work part-time for Church A (confusing the living daylights out of my sweet husband). It was the beginning of discerning my calling to full-time lay ministry.