When I was in high school people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. That's a daunting question for a person of any age, but especially a teenager. You're expected to graduate from high school, pursue a career, hopefully go to college so you'll have a 'better' career, and basically have your life planned out. But guess what? Life sometimes throws you curve balls. Sometimes getting to college is one thing but being able to finish college is something entirely different. Back in the day (OK, now I'm going to show my age) we didn't all have school counselors that explained our multitude of options, we didn't have access to the Internet to search for available scholarships, and many of us didn't have parents that paid for our educations. Back in the day (at least in my day) you worked full time and paid for your classes one semester at a time.
There are many times I regret never having finished my degree. I was working and paying for my education. I knew I wouldn't be able to finish so I made the best use of the resources I had. I was being realistic. I took as many courses related to my major as I could and skipped all the required ones that wouldn't help me. The upside was that I took quite a few journalism, writing, and literature classes. The downside was that I never completed my degree.
I sit here today, having turned 50 this year, and am proud of where I am. I'm proud of the skills that I have and I'm proud of the choices I've made. I look at my son who is an accomplished chemistry teacher and admire his 3 degrees and the hard work and dedication it took for him to achieve them. I look at my daughter who is about to embark on her college journey and simply glow with pride as I watch her practice and embrace her God-given musical talents.
As I draw closer to becoming an empty-nester for the first time in my life I have to ask myself, 'Is it too late for my dreams and my goals?' ABSOLUTELY NOT! Goals don't have expiration dates. My life will soon change again, as it always does. I will continue to support my children's goals and dreams, but I am also choosing to embrace mine. This blog is more than just a hobby to me ... it's been a lifeline. It's a reminder to me that I have hopes and dreams. It's a reminder that I have skills that may be rusty, but I'm willing to put in the time and sweat to refine them. Whether one person reads my blog or 100 it doesn't matter. Well, it does on one hand, but not on the other. I'm sure you know what I mean. Sure we all want to be successful and we want to be encouraged and supported, but ultimately I need to be happy with my work. That in itself is a journey and a continuing process. I'm taking classes and workshops and talking to people in the business and challenging myself, BUT I'm not giving up and in the end that's what matters. Blogs are a wonderful outlet and trust me when I say - my life has never been boring which ideally gives me a lot of material to write about.
How about you? Do you have a goal you never completed? What's stopping you?