One Step

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Today, I became a college student. Today, I walked the cobblestone pathways and entered the beautiful brick buildings of academia. Last time I went to college, Kurt Cobain was still alive, flannel was hot, and the first Gulf War was going on. Last time, I was a flighty, flakey kid with talent, but no follow-through. I don’t even remember what I thought, but it must have been self-centered and self-important- because aren’t all 20 year olds? Today? Today I value myself. I value my talents and am going to use them. I am driven. I am motivated by my children, by being a good example, by studying hard, by getting good grades, and adding some pretty braids and cords to my graduation robes in a few short years.

I can do hard things. Bring it on.

15 thoughts on “One Step

  1. Yipee! Was your heart just pounding out of your chest with excitement? Feeling weird mixing with the youngins’ but knowing that you appreciate all that they are taking for granted in their college experience.

    It’s for you – a way to show yourself on a consistent basis that you are worth the investment of time and money to develop who you are and what you want to do in the future.

    I hope you took some sort of class that involves creative writing and blogging so you still have time to keep us in the loop!

  2. I’d be anxious to find out what you’re planning to study….. but you’ll be fantastic no matter what it is. You have loads of talent, and more importantly motivation and tenacity.

  3. I’m very happy for you. Back in the day when I was one of those flighty twenty year olds in college, I always noticed the older students. Even in my flighty twenty year old mind, I knew they were taking school way more seriously than I. Then I went back to my silly twenty year old ways…. ( But I did eventually graduate!)

  4. I just got chills! I am so proud of you. You are such a great example to your children and all of us. I never finished school either, but maybe someday!

  5. I’m pretty sure flannel is back. I went back at the ripe old age of 23 and graduated at 28 while pregnant with my third. I laughed at all the 18 year olds who thought they knew stuff. Now I would laugh at my 23 year old self. It was hard, doing it with 2 little ones but I did it, and it was worth it! You will ROCK, my friend!

  6. So exciting!! I finish my 1st semester next thursday. You are going to love it, it’s hard as a single mom, but oh so worth it!!!

  7. I started taking classes (again) last fall. I enrolled the day before classes started on a pure whim, and I love it. I took a final today which I aced. (Along with everyone else in the class.) You definitely won’t be the oldest person there, I’m not the oldest person in any of my classes. You’ll be surprised how much more fun going to class is than running a house full of kids. And your kids will be proud of you.

  8. You can do hard things! I think if I went back to school I’d probably be a different student, too. I’m glad you are excited about it. It will be great!

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