So have I ever told you I like to travel? Even more than traveling, I like passport stamps. So much that when I was going through customs a few weeks ago coming back from Mexico and the officer processed my passport without stamping it I actually stood at the counter, stared at him with big puppy dog eyes, and offered my open passport to him, Oliver-Twist-style.
Please sir, may I have a stamp?
My sixth grade drama teacher would have been so proud.
Digression aside, I decided that my love of travel, as well as my fluttery affection for democracy and the Constitution MUST have a viable career progression. Enter the United States Foreign Service.
I ran into my friend Emma at a bar a few months ago. She had just gone through the security clearance to become a member of the Foreign Service (or, as most people know it, a diplomat) and was awaiting a call to be placed somewhere in the world. She is now doing a two year contract in Sao Paolo (Yea, seriously. Carnivale for two years straight. Stop living my dream life already!), but I'll never forget the minute she told me about the Foreign Service and how amazing it sounded. I ran home (stumbled, probably, and I was likely wearing heels) and immediately logged into the US Foreign Service website. I knew instantly that this is what I wanted to do with my life. But the process is long, and the fail rate is extremely high. And frankly, the written test is hard, getting into the Service is hard, but being a diplomat, moving every two years, constantly staying abreast of current issues...well, that's REALLY hard.
But, in the infinite wisdom of Tom Hanks "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
*sob as I rewind that part over and over again*
I find out if I pass the test in a few days, upon which I will notify you all (or I will completely ignore the fact that I ever even brought this up in the first place...in which case you will know that I failed).
And really, even if I don't pass this time, I'll take it again. I'm really just looking forward to the day where I can list my occupation as "Diplomat".