I love seeing how people learn and grow in this field. Whether your training in preservation came from a university, on the job, through continuing education, or from some outstanding mentors, it is so important to keep your mind open to new ways of doing things and ideas that may challenge your preservation perceptions. I love that those who responded came to this field from archaeology, film, and art. I also love that at 45 you are going back to school, @Raymond Majewski! At 46, I've toyed with the same thought. One of the wonderful things about this field is the interdisciplinary nature of all that we do.Speaking of educators and mentors, let me put a quick plug in for taking some time to thank those who helped you in your career journey. I had the opportunity to attend the Preserving the Recent Past 3 conference last week and ran into a professor from graduate school. I never had a class with him, but he served as our faculty sponsor on a trip to Prague over 20 years ago. That trip had such a profound influence on the way I approach preservation today. I took a moment to say hello and let him know how transformational that experience was for me. In a world where we get so bogged down in the everyday preservation battles and challenges, it helps to remember all of our successes and the people who impacted our careers in a positive way. A small thank you can go a long way. So, thank you all for taking the time to respond to my musings!Barbara
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