Wednesday, August 25, 2004

A challenge.

Pewari had this challenge on her blog today. I thought I'd give it a try.

My question to you is this: if you were to meet yourself from a decade ago, would you recognize yourself? Would you have anything in common? Would you get on, or would you find yourself irritated with your naivete? Would you tell yourself to do anything differently or do you accept everything that has happened between then and now as necessary on the path to who you are now and who you are to become?

10 years ago, I was still married to Dannan. Chris was 15 and Allen was almost 12. College was still a focus in life, getting my degree. And getting my boys raised into the men I knew they could be.

I don't think the me then would know me now, and if I did I'd probably be disappointed that I never did anything with my degree. Although the knowledge that I did get it would be great.

The Today me wouldn't have much to say to the Then me, except that maybe I should reconsider my major and look for something that would be easier to find work with. A BA in Social Science isn't very marketable right now. I loved the classes I did though, and the people I met while doing those classes, so it wasn't a complete waste. I'd maybe tell myself to push through the burn out and get that Masters Degree. I could almost always find work with a MSW or other related degree.

I'm actually pretty happy with how my life is working out. Having more money would be good, but I do love being home with Aidan and being a "Home Maker". It's a trade off at this time, but one I think I'm happy with.


Anonymous said...

I never did anything with my degree either. I wonder just how common that is... I suspect it'll become more common as the annual university entrance increases. I do feel that what I learned at university was more than the bit of paper at the end though, at least that's what I tell myself while trying to entertain my 3-year-old ;)

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my thought meander!


Messed up Mama said...

I think it's pretty common, except in my circle of friends. Those who have been able to finish their degrees are actually able to use them. I got divorced and then remarried in those 10 years and I have an 18 month old son now. (Legally he is my Step son, but in my heart he is mine.) Thank you for taking the time to come over to read my try at your challenge.

Mondrak said...

I have three friends who have done a degree, and none of them have done anything with them, so it is quite common I think. But as you say, you made friends there, you may have made them elsewhere later, but would you have all of the fond memories that you have now??

Messed up Mama said...

Mondrak, my college days were wonderful. I enjoy learning and going to school. I am very glad that I was able to go, the friends I made there may not be in my life any more (I've moved to an other State) but they were very interesting helpful and fun people. Thank you for stopping in and reading my blog.