…how people react when I mention I’m joining the Foreign Service (blood pressure willing). It’s overwhelmingly positive, with an undercurrent of “I wish I could do something like that.” I guess I was expecting more of “are you nuts? The world is a dangerous place! You’re changing careers now? What if they send you to Iraq? (Well, okay, I have gotten that one more than once)
I guess what I’m realizing, again, is that most people go through life on a path of least resistance. Deliberately setting unusual goals and doing unusual things (I’ve done my share) puts you on the outside, a subject of one part amazement and one part disbelief (the “nuts” reaction).
Me, I enjoy new challenges and new experiences.