I graduated high school 10 years ago.

If I weren’t kid less, selfish, too focused on my career, constantly wondering when I can go hiking again and trying to acquire a new four legged friend… I might actually feel sad about the fact that whoa! I am getting old.

But, alas, I am currently without child, wayyyy too focused on my career, presently wondering if I will make the 8 mile hike tomorrow or if Denver will storm again and taking periodic breaks while typing this to scan the breeder websites for any new Collie or German Shepherd litters.

Ahhhh, the life of a 28 year old who isn’t tied down.  Some days I hate it.  Most days I am thankful this is where my life has brought me.  Like yesterday, when I accepted a new full time position as an Eating Recovery Nurse.  Since graduating nursing school I’ve been looking for a full-time position in a field I want to be working in.  I’ve interviewed a few times, took a part-time position at a hospital and an “as needed” position at a Mental Health facility to try to stay as close to full-time as I can.  Well, I accepted the full-time position yesterday for a substantial pay increase and beginning June 9th I’ll be working right in the middle of downtown Denver, taking care of women diagnosed eating disorders.  I wanted to work in eating disorders before even beginning nursing school.  Funny how things come full circle?

Anyway – It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years, this week, that I graduated high school.  I feel like one of the few people who doesn’t give a crap about high school (though sometimes I wish I did) and hardly speaks to anyone they graduated with.  But then I think of the friends I do actually keep in contact with sometimes and realize that no, I’m not the only one. Some of us grow up, move away & that’s that.  High school stays just what it was…. four years of an awkward transitional period that many of us would like to forget.

I haven’t lived in Manteca for 10 years.  Good Lord, has it really been that long?  No wonder I forget how to get around the small city when I return for short lived trips to see my family.  I do miss “home” sometimes.  Or maybe I just miss my family?  I know I miss the ocean.  But that’s not “home” – that’s just California.  It’s weird talking to my family about my cousin who attends MHS and my other one who is on his way. It’s weird when my little brother talks about Modesto as if I can remember anything about that city other than where the Mall, In N Out and Costco are located.  I tell ya – growing up and moving away and staying away – it’s an odd feeling.

I still have those days where I find myself amazed that I’ve been in Colorado for almost 5 years.  5 years!  I’ve created a whole new life out here and much to my surprise, I really like it.  Colorado is a wonderful place to live.

So with that being said…. I’m on to new and better things.  My new lease starts June 7th, my new job starts June 9th.  Time’s they are a changing!  But then again, they’re always changing with me.. at least now these are good changes 🙂







2 thoughts on “I graduated high school 10 years ago.

  1. Lindsey Catarino June 1, 2014 — 2:57 pm

    Congrats on your new position! Sounds very inspiring! I am sure you will help change many lives


    Sent from my iPad


    1. Jenn in Denver June 3, 2014 — 3:36 pm

      Thanks Linds – I just wrote about how I’m actually not taking that job. I think it would have been an excellent opportunity also – maybe something I’ll pursue again in the future! Glad to see/hear you’re doing well!!

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