If I had followed through on my childhood answer to, "So, honey, what do you want to be when you grow up?": A botanist.
If I had been accepted to my second choice destination for my high school student exchange instead of Brasil? The wife of a Venezuelan doctor, living in Caracas and speaking Spanish all day.
If I had been accepted to my third choice destination? A student in an Economics master's degree program in Hong Kong.
If I had gone back to high school after my exchange to finish my senior year instead of starting college right away? A graduate of an Ivy League college instead of the University of New Mexico (for the record - I don't regret this choice in the least).
If I had not gone to Rio de Janeiro for 1.5 years in business school? I wouldn't have met B. and Ricardo, my partners in the consulting firm and the boys responsible for my move to Mozambique.
If I had not been somewhat of a wild child during said time in Rio? I wouldn't have hooked up with Ricardo the night before moving back to the US in 2001, thus providing a great background story to our current relationship.
If I had not found journaling and art as a healthy channel for my emotions? Insane.
If I had stayed in New Mexico? An employee of Sandia Labs with 1 kid and another on the way.
If I had been accepted to get my PhD in Public Health at Berkeley? A feminist neo-hippie working to provide treatment to women living with fistulas in Nigeria.
If I had stayed in Austin, Texas instead of moving to Mozambique? A burned out but exceptionally well dressed employee of an NGO.
If I had been born in Afghanistan? A girl disguised as a boy, saving my earnings from picking poppies and plotting a way to move to Europe.
If I had let my fears get the best of me? A woman stuck in a bad relationship.
If I had stayed in Chimoio? A royal bitch.
If I had not adopted 2 kittens? Lonely, but with a much cleaner house.
If I had never come to Africa? Someone less cynical.
If money weren't a concern? A professional dancer, preferably modern, flamenco or salsa.
If I had been raised by different parents? A rebel.
If I had the chance to do it all over again? Twice as wise.
If I hadn't been through all the experiences I spilled in my "secrets" post last week? Honestly? I don't care. I LOVE the person I am now and wouldn't want to change for the world!