Wow Dixie!!! Great posting and very inspirational! I am proud of u for getting this far! It sure doesnt sound easy but it looks like your hard work is finally paying off. Keep it up!
AquaBlue..even though I dont have Bipolar, I had to change my major several times before finding the job that best suited me. Even while I was pursuing my degree in teaching, I was very worried that I wouldnt have the patience for it in the real world. School is one thing but going to the job day in and day out 5 days a week is a different story so I was nervous about that. I had thoughts of not having the patience for it and getting burnt out wasting all my years of education for the wrong job. Even some of my friends told me that I should change majors cuz they felt that I didnt have the passion for teaching.
Now, it has been 5 years and I am still a teacher and I have surprised myself by becoming one of the most patient teachers at my workplace. I dont blow up at the kids and when they hurl personal insults at me, I dont feel hurt. In addition to that, I am very passionate about my job.
Sometimes, we just surprise ourselves when we have our minds set on achieving a particular goal. U will find out if interpreting is for you or not. Only u can search long and hard within yourself to find the answers. Nobody else can give u the answers.