|This is me. I am a psychologist. It has taken me a long time to identify with my profession, but now I feel that psychology is a part of me.|
I was way too young when I started studying psychology, and many times I felt that my studies interfered with my trying to find out how to live my life as a young adult. When I finally got my degree, I took a long break. I lived in a commune and quit my job in order to go to India and sit with a spiritual master. For two years I studied fine arts at a Folk high school and I considered becoming an artist, but I found out that the job is too lonely for me. I traveled a lot, I have hitchhiked from Utrecht to Lillehammer, Berlin, Basel and Split, to name a few. Finally I studied Swedish for a couple of months, put three changes of clothing and a toothbrush in a rucksack, and left my home country to start afresh in Sweden.
I have lived more than half of my life now. I have understood that it is too late for some aspirations. I'm very interested in neuropsychology, but I won't specialize into this field, even though I did complete a specialist course in clinical neuropsychology a couple of years ago.
But apart from these few things that have disappeared, so much more has been added to my life.
|I have a job I enjoy. Previously I worked as a school psychologist in an immigrant area close to Stockholm. My main task was assessment, but I was blessed to have the time and the freedom to do whatever I thought was needed to help a child and its family. Now I work in child psychiatry. I am touched by many of the children I meet, and my colleagues are just the best.
After work, I bike home. Halfway, my husband joins me. We have sold our car. A car is a primitive, stinking and obsolete means of transport, which has not developed in a hundred years.
And then there is Wikipedia. I am a true generalist, and even though I keep sadly removing pages from my watchlist, I cannot get it down to less than 3000. Oh well. To me, contributing to Wikipedia is a beautiful exercise in getting involved and letting go immediately. And yes, the best of the internet is free!