“Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” Groucho Marx
First and foremost my philosophy is to celebrate whenever, and where ever a person can. So if I woke up and discovered I was ten years older, I would be celebrating my retirement! I would be writing, working on the restoration of our historic home and traveling with my delightful husband.
The prompt today-to imagine life in 10 years-reminded me of a personal challenge that I received in my 20’s. I had two young children and was a stay at home mom. I attempted to make extra revenue by conducting skin care classes and selling their products. My director from that company continually asked me that question-where did I see myself in 10 years? I am certain she thought it was a motivating challenge to pursue greater heights in the cosmetic company.
But it didn’t work out like that. I was haunted by the question. I kept wondering what did I want to be doing in 10 years time. Then, I had a frightening experience with my then husband. I feared he had a brain tumor. I was up all night one night and wondered, ‘if he died, how in the world would I care for myself, my son, and my young daughter; who had a crippling birth defect?’ I was terrified. Not only could I lose my husband, I would not be able to provide for my family.
I decided that at the first opportunity, I would enroll in college classes. I had taken college prep classes in high school, but fell in love and got married-so college went on some far away back burner. When my children enrolled in school-so did I.
It took me 9 years, but I eventually got my bachelor’s degree in nursing. I saw myself helping others who might find themselves in the hospital. I have never regretted that decision. Attending college not only changed my potential for employment, but it changed me as well.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins