Sorting Hat: Let’s see, Hufflepuffs are all about hard work, patience and fair play so that’s a no for you.
Me: Fair enough.
Sorting Hat: You’re basically a coward so let’s rule out Gryffindor too.
Me: Not gonna argue with you there.
Sorting Hat: You’ve already established that you’re willing to take down anyone who competes with you for the “smartest kid” title.
Me: Yep. So I’m clearly a Ravenclaw.
Sorting Hat: Yeah, about that…
Me: I’m all about learning. Seriously, I could be a student all my life and be perfectly happy.
Sorting Hat: Liar. You’re not happy until you use what you learn, preferably to show off.
Me: I’d like to point out that I write stories, which is one hundred percent a Ravenclaw thing to do.
Sorting Hat: And why do you write stories?
Me: mutters For external validation.
Sorting Hat: I’m going to read a list of traits to you and tell me if they sound familiar: Ambition, Resourcefulness, Self-Preservation, Determination, and not to be redundant, Ambition.
Sorting Hat: Look, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life.
Sorting Hat: Are you sure?
Because we get to choose. Harry chose Gryffindor and I choose Ravenclaw. Ambition is a worthy trait, but Slytherin isn’t the house for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still the little girl who wants to be a lion tamer and lawyer and geneticist and comedian. There’s still the voice in my head that says “If you don’t personally save the Mountain Gorillas, they will all die because of your indifference.” Also, I’m still campaigning for the position of dictator-of-the-world. I think I’d do a bang up job.
But I chose happiness over ambition. I did a little research about would bring me long term joy. The answer was relationships. Research, anecdotes about dying wishes, and basic observation all confirm it. So I live a quiet life without that shiny doctorate degree I once coveted. The Mountain Gorilla continues its march toward extinction, unsaved by me. The position of dictator-of-the-world goes unfilled, which is probably a good thing.
I theorized that I’d be happiest if I put people first: marriage, a kid, a community of people who share my interests. They all yield data pointing to an amazing life. Logic led me to love. I hypothesized my way to joy.
That’s very Ravenclaw indeed.