In 2008 I lost an amazing job as an administrative assistant. It was the greatest thing that could have ever happened to me. I took my fantastic severance package, and paid off all of my bills for a year. I used that time to really think about what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to go with my life. I decided that I didn’t want a job, I wanted a career – something that I am regardless of what I am doing at that specific moment. I also didn’t just want a career, I wanted to do something that I would pay to do. If it wasn’t the kind of job that made me excited to be alive, then I didn’t want to do it at all.
So I wanted to share with you one of the things that made me decide to become an archaeologist. At this point I had taken a few classes in my spare time while I was working, and I’d even thrown the idea around about doing something archaeology related, but I’d never really put into context. It just wasn’t in the realm of something real or achievable. Half of my friends and family still think that I’m freaking insane for doing this, and my in-laws really do think I’m downright nuts. But I was watching PBS one day and this came on. I saw these people doing something so fantastic and out of this world that I couldn’t help but be mesmerized. It really made an impression on me. It also redefined my view of just how many amazing things are still out there; you really can still wander out into the wild and find something incredible. So here you go, this is one of my personal sources of inspiration; one of the coolest jobs in the world.
Nova; Extreme Cave Diving http://video.pbs.org/video/1405567128/