Changes — shifts — are marked in funny ways, always behind you.
The first time I took this silliness, the test told me what my younger self always wanted to hear:
Female, Mid 40’s
Here is our best guess at who you are: 1. You are female. 2. You are currently in your mid 40’s. 3. You are raising a beautiful family, you have a career you’re quite pleased with. 4. You’ve recently started volunteering in your community. 5. You are taller than average*, you have gorgeous dark hair and beautiful brown eyes.
I am on a journey, though, into The Present (then back out, into The Future). And since this is precisely the time to look for and over invest in finding signs everywhere, I retook the stupid test.
For the life of me, I can’t remember what choices I made differently, but, well…The Results:
Female, Mid 20’s
Here is our best guess at who you are:
1. You are female. 2. You are currently in your twenties, you are single, dating at nights and balancing a promising career during the day. 3. You are smart, calculated, funny and imaginative. 4. You have black hair, dark eyes a cute nose. 5. You own a pet.
Small shifts. Big shifts. It equals out in the background.
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting — over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
10. 56% of women in technology leave their employers midcareer.
According to NCWIT, of the women who leave, 24% take a non-technical job in a different company; 22% become self-employed in a tech field, 20% take time out of the workforce, and 10% go to work with a startup company. This is double the turnover rate of men.