Ever think maybe you could have pursued a different career?
During my senior year in high school I wanted to help people; I was drawn to psychology and entertained the idea of going to college after high school; but at the time economics and higher education didn't go hand in hand. The opportunity to attend college was handed to me on a silver platter when I was 19 by my grandmother in California, but there were strings attached. The college had to be in the Los Angeles area, and the coursework would focus on cosmetology, not psychology. My grandmother believed if I was going to help people, I would do so on the outside because the inside didn't need any help. It was her way, or no way; faced with that, I chose the latter. With average grades and no chance for any scholarships to be found under the roof of the single parent home I lived in, I abandoned my dream. I thought about it once or twice, never really getting overly upset about the way things worked out...that's life and I accepted it at the time.
But, then there is the part of me that always asked...'What if...?'
You know. We all ask that question now and then.
Of all the shows I watch on a regular basis, Criminal Minds is a regular. Not so much because of the twisted and perverse side of human nature shows like this highlight; I often wonder whether all these criminal shows are doing more harm than good for society in general. Deviant human behavior seems to be on the rise; everywhere. Even in small town America, in communities that we once thought of as safe. Each night I watch the headlines showcased on every network..sometimes shocked...sometimes in tears...so much innocence lost, unnecessarily, for no reason.
During the day as I sit at my desk, balancing the books, I think about another balancing act. A more sensitive, meaningful balance. Less numbers, more human.
So on a whim tonight, while looking for a quote from tonight's episode of Criminal Minds I happened on a profiler quiz, and I took it. The results of the quiz are...
You scored 28 out of 30.
You seem to possess an innate understanding of just how unpredicable human nature truly is. Your intellectual curiousity, open-mindedness, and empathy toward others single you out as a strong candidate for cracking into the minds of others!
Hmmm. Really. Oh, these silly tests, they're probably rigged to display the same message for everyone. Or are they? One thing is for certain, I am curious.
So, if your reading this, and have a few minutes to spare, do me a favor, and take the test and let me know what the result is. I'm curious what other responses are geared up behind the answers.
And as for the quote I was looking for that led to all this...
~~ The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say. - Kahlil Gibran ~~