edu180atl: mary floyd 8.9.11
I haven’t played the role of college student since the 80’s and after a sudden
midnight epiphany last week, I’ve decided it’s time for grad school.
Circumstances change. When you think you have everything under control,
something unexpectedly rocks your world. How you react is key because change is
good if you embrace it.
So I’m unemployed. So my house is for sale. So my marriage is over. Hard to
swallow, yes, but instead of focusing on what isn’t going as planned, I look at this as
opportunity. I get a mulligan.
Ask yourself “Where do I want to be 5 years from now?” Make a list of what it’s
going to take to get there. That’s as far as I got when I gave up the first time. The
list seemed undoable, unrealistic—you name it; I had an excuse. Then I asked
myself “Where will I be if I don’t do anything?” Exactly where I am now. Yuck! I
reread my excuses. Fear—that’s what it came down to. Fear of the GRE to be
specific. Seriously! When it hit me how irrational this was, I took advantage of a
midnight “you can do it!” wine moment and registered online for the test.
The next morning I experienced an unconventional hangover. Yes, there was the
typical “I can’t believe I did that last night” thinking, but a smirk of confidence
overtook my face until I was beaming ear to ear.
I am not stuck and neither are you.
About the Author: Mary Floyd is an (unemployed!) high-school English teacher and the mother of three daughters.