I've always been interested in psychology - in what motivates people and in why they believe and act as they do. I've also been reading a lot of science blogs and books, as well as books on philosophy and religion. Of course, I've also been an observer of contemporary "culture wars", especially concerning gay rights. Living in Utah has also brought home the struggles of gay people who live in especially conservative and unsupportive environments. Add to that the fact that I'm increasingly regretting the fact that I never went back to college after completing my associate's degree, and that brings you to my latest adventure. I'll be attending the University of Utah this fall, double-majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Truthfully, I'm not exactly sure where this is going to take me, but the more I learn about the field, the more I believe I have something to contribute.
I love giving massage. I've connected with a lot of people in a very intimate setting, often helping them to work through recovery from painful accidents and surgeries. This is really the first time I've dedicated myself to a profession where the primary satisfaction I receive is that of improving the lives of my clients in some small way. Most of the jobs I've done in the past have had a large service element, which I have always enjoyed and which is probably why I've felt drawn to massage in the first place. I'll continue giving massage, at least until I graduate. Hopefully I'll be able to maintain enough of a clientele to help pay for school. But even if at some point I don't give another massage, I don't regret the effort I've put into learning the craft, and I'm very grateful to those who have given me their trust as clients and friends.