Midlife Crisis Alert!
Now that I have your attention.
As you all know I recently turned forty. I have used the opportunity to take a long hard look at my life, and to re-examine where I am versus where I want to be. Ah introspection – so good for the soul!
I have loved being a social media rockstar / kosher foodie for the last three years. It’s been an awesome ride. I have learned so much and grown a huge network of friends and contacts, and eaten so much good food. But I am tethered to the computer 24/6. Managing 24 social network accounts at my busiest time left precious little time for me or my family, and I always felt I was dropping the ball somewhere, somehow. I also feel like I was missing out on the big and small moments in my kids’ lives because I am constantly glued to the phone or the iPad or the laptop. Social Media is not a 9 to 5 position.
I never went to college. I scraped through high school, tried out Polytechnic in London (I think they are all universities now) for a month or two, and then went to work. I got married, had my kids…..and am left with regret. Regret that I didn’t push myself to go to school to get a degree. Regret that even though I have a profession I enjoy, that I am limited because of my lack of schooling. I don’t regret being a stay-at-home-mother one bit, I just wish that I had had a great career to resume once the little one was in school.
So, HSM is going to college. We have a community college not too far from us, and I have applied to do an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. Should take me two years, and enable me to go on to get a Bachelor’s degree, or to go straight to work in my chosen field.
I will be older than most of the students, probably old enough to be their mother, but I don’t plan on socializing a lot with them. I have a lot to do to prepare for school. I have to take a placement test, and dig up my paperwork from London that proves I have a high school diploma – or the equivalent… If not, then I’ll have to take some extra courses, and once I have a certain number of credits I will automatically be able to get my GED. I’d rather avoid hours of math class – but if that’s what it takes, then it will get done.
It isn’t too late for me. For a year or so I have been thinking about doing this, and initially I was concerned that at my advanced age no one will take me seriously. You know what? I need to take myself seriously and the rest will fall into place.
I am excited, and nervous, but I really want / need to do this.
I will still continue with my own personal piece of the social media world – I will continue to blog, and to keep my hand in the Kosher Foodie world, but with more of a back seat. I’m taking the summer to chill and relax and to get myself in tip-top shape to face school in the fall. It’s going to be an interesting journey – buckle up, and enjoy the ride!