Please forgive me for not posting this prior to making my first contribution to the board. That was rather tacky.
I have identified as a Tibetan Buddhist for over five years now, having journeyed from my birth religion of Dutch Reformed through various flavors of nepoaganism and bouts of agnosticism/near-atheism in the last 50+ years. I have been standing at the edge of the pool, dipping in a toe every so often, but never walking in, let alone diving. The time has come to at least wade in up to my knees.
I live about an hour and 15 minutes from Deer Park Buddhist Center, and intend to make the trip there at least monthly starting next month, following my upcoming surgery, assuming I will be able to drive two weeks after having it. I am hopeful. At present that is my best option, as there are no other Tibetan Buddhist centers any closer to me, and driving farther is prohibitive with my schedule.
I have been a substitute teacher for the last school year at the secondary level (middle and high school), while remaining unemployed full-time as I have been since 2009. Prior to that, I worked in a factory for just over ten years before being laid off; however, most of my working adult life was spent as a professional in the editorial field. I worked for a major educational publisher for several years, and then landed a dream job (at the time, it certainly was) with the then-premier role-playing game producer in the country. I left when I had my daughter, 14 years ago--and have "wandered in the wilderness" ever since.
Currently, I am searching for work in the health care administration area, having graduated summa cum laude this past February. While doing so, I am attempting to keep balanced by daily practice and furthering my studies on my own. I hope that I will find something of a "fit" at Deer Park; if so, that will be cause for celebration. And, if not--I will continue searching.
I am very happy to have found this place. I look forward to learning much.