Being Between: a series about moving from our current day jobs and life situations toward our true vocations and life goals.
Today I’m honored to welcome romance writer-translation manager-psychotherapist Louise Behiel.
When Sally asked me to consider contributing to this series, I had to smile—so very often I consider myself caught between a rock, a hard place and a mountain. Think of me in the middle of a triangle where the walls seem to be closing in.
I’m blessed with many interests, a need to serve and a passion to write.
During the day, I’m the manager of Interpretation and Translation for the Health Authority in Alberta, Canada. It’s my job to make sure that our limited English-speaking patients have access to trained and highly competent medical interpreters.
I am fascinated by the practice of medicine and by the amazing care given in our facilities. But, given that I don’t like blood, needles or body fluids, this is as close as I can come to the action.
Just in case you’re wondering, I speak only one language. But many of my staff speak three or four. One speaks eight. They work with medical professionals across the spectrum of health care. They can explain medical procedures, outcomes and information in each of those languages. It’s a big job (imagine keeping up with the ever-evolving medical terminology) and I’m honored to be part of the team.
To feed my need to help others, I have a small private practice as a psychotherapist. I majored in the issues of women, but my practice has included lots of men. Go figure. They tell me I’m unshakable and nothing embarrasses me. (They’re right.) It just proves that the Universe has a sense of humor.
In my spare time, I write romance. I love stories with happy endings. Romance is a nice foil for all the pain and trauma I work with.
So what’s my day like? I work full time and have a one-hour commute. I see five to ten clients a week. After that, I write. In my spare time, I spoil my grandchildren, keep my life in order (I’m single), market my books and play on Facebook.
What’s my long-range plan? Writing is today’s key to sanity and the key to my transition to retirement. It is something I can do for a long time. Since it feeds my soul, it’s something that will always be part of me.
In the meantime, I have a mortgage to pay and a retirement to fund.
Is all the work worth it? I think so. I have a rich life where I know I make a difference. And I have many writer friends who understand my passion for getting words down on paper. We all know I wouldn’t be happy if I delayed writing until I had time to write.
Could I write more? Maybe. But when I’ve had an unproductive week, I refuse to get down on myself. After all, I’m already busier than a one-handed wallpaper hanger. Beating myself up for not doing more writing is pointless, counterproductive and depressing.
I am in the between stage of transition from where I am to where I’m going. It’s not always comfortable, but it’s necessary if I’m going to follow my dream.
So what’s your dream? What are you doing to reach it?
November 24: fiction writer-sociology Ph.D. candidate Lena Corazon. Coming up: Lynn Kelley, Debra Eve, Charis Maloy, S.M. Hutchins, Serena Dracis, Jess Witkins, Jennifer Jensen and Jennette Marie Powell.
Would you like to guest post here about how you live your different lives? Leave a comment and I’ll contact you with the details.