Today, I'm thinking a lot about my degree. BA English 20th Century Narrative, (That means I'm good at bulls.. um, storytelling.)
I was a non-traditional student, graduating in 2001. I was proud of my accomplishment. Being a Dad, working full time, and going to school all at the same time was challenging to say the least.
I am more proud of my wife. Netter was pretty much a single parent, ran a household, and worked full time for the better part of 6 years. THAT was an accomplishment.
No, we can't do it alone. That's for sure...
Today though I'm not thinking about the accomplishment as much as I'm wondering why in the heck I ever got that degree in the first place.
It seemed like the thing to do at the time. Encouraged by several relatives, and my branch manager, (the legendary EP whom I dearly love) I enrolled at The Ohio State University in 1995 with great plans for the future. There were riches to be garnered. The greatest of these, of course was the degree.
Fast forward 14 years. (Dayum, that seems like a long time.) I've had my degree, and the accomplishment, (and the debt) for 8 years. I have the same job I had when I graduated. I have many riches, but of course none of them are monetary.
This is okay. I don't have any regrets.
I stayed in this job because it allowed me the luxury of being a Dad, and a coach. Watching one's children grow up is a treasure you can't measure in dollar amounts and I'm glad I had that opportunity.
My kids are older now so I'm at a turning point of sorts...
I often wonder what I want to be when I grow up, and if I'll ever use this degree. Usually when I think I have an answer something changes or life takes some turn I hadn't anticipated and I get derailed.
I'm working on being more focused. I'm good at this if I have a deadline. Not so much if I don't.
I know I'm not alone in not "using" my degree. A lot of people don't use their degree. It's not at all out of the ordinary. And...
I think that's odd...
From the time we entered school our parents told us how important it was to go to college. Is that really true?
More and more it seems I look around and find successful people who either don't have a degree or don't use their degree at all. And...
I wonder how they got to that point, how they got there, how they found success?
How do I get there? Maybe I'm there already and I just don't know it.
How did you get there? Or, are you wondering like me?
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