I think one of the true ironies of life is how, when you were a youngster, school was the last place you wanted to spend your time.
Heck, there were more important things to do…hang out with your friends, play "fast pitch" against the wall of the local grocery store, explore the neighbor's garages, build models or watch cartoons.
As the high school years overtook us, school may have become even less important as your most important activities evolved…hanging out at the mall, working on your car, fumbling with girls, watching sports or maybe even trying to get your brother to buy you a bottle of Boone's Farm wine.
Then college appears and your education continues to become less of a priority, taking a back seat to your slightly twisted and psychotic priorities like…partaking of strange and exotic medications, drinking beer, listening to music, fumbling with women, drinking beer, listening to music, partaking of strange and exotic medications and doing strange and exotic things…you get my point.
All you had to do was go to school for a few hours a day, with your friends and learn interesting skills and things that made you smarter.
What's the catch? Could this set up have been any better?
Oh well, I may not have been the best student in the world and I may not have had complete concentration all of the time but I did learn some things and wound up with my very own sheepskin from the University of Illinois.
But, boy oh boy, would I love to spend my time now back in school, learning and studying and reading and writing (and maybe drinking beer).
Like I said…this is one of life's little ironies, at least for me.
So, today I bring you a success story from a baby boomer just like me and many of you.
Do you wish you could further your education but think you’re too old for school?
Most wanna-be students age 50 and older see their age as the primary obstacle to going back to school. Why?
I think it's because we let it be an obstacle.
If you want to learn, if you want to go back to school....THEN DO IT !!!
At age 58, Brenda returned to school in the fall of 2009 for her Master’s in Nursing Management/Leadership Degree with Western Governors University, a nonprofit online university designed for working adults looking to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.
She was, and still is, the only person in her family with an advanced degree.
"I wanted to get an advanced degree for self-improvement to better equip myself with the tools I needed to remain current in the field.
My biggest challenge was overcoming breast cancer while working on my degree.
It almost took me out of school, but when I thought about it and talked it over, I decided to hold on and hold out as strong as I could.
I did it at almost 60 years old and I believe others can too, as long as they believe. It's never too late to believe, it is never too late to dream.
Being a student helped me maintain my focus during my challenges; my dream sustained me along with family and friends. I never missed a beat.
Today I celebrate life: I am cancer-free, I am a survivor and I am a master’s degree recipient."
Are you going to create your own success story?
Thanks for joining me.................................................