Brenda Eason Dr. Melissa Poole English Composition 111
July 18, 2010
The Crossroads of My Life
(Revision of Return to School)
Middle age is the point in our lives when we reflect and take stock of where we are in life and where we are going. I began to reflect on my life and to question the choices I made. I thought of the paths I took and wondered if I could make a change at this stage of my life. Having reached middle-age, I had become complacent and accepting of the outcome of my life choices. However, I would still beat myself up with the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda.” When we reach that milestone in our life, we feel so many things: sadness, and at times grief, over what we think of as wasted youth. We wonder where all the time went. I felt I had not accomplished my lifelong dream of returning to school. I was busy raising a family which I dearly love, and had a decent job, but I realized I did not find pleasure in that. I was a diligent worker in a dead-end job going nowhere. All the foreseeable future held for me was that of a secretary performing a job I could do with my eyes closed. My ‘Aha’ moment of change came when my oldest daughter found a job at a private college as their Business Office Manager; she continually prodded me to go back to school. I decided to take a leap of faith and return to school. Therefore, I enrolled at the same college. Thereafter I transferred to Columbia College in January 2009. There were times I was my own stumbling block. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t ask myself “what have I gotten myself into?”
I look at how far I have come and realize for the first time in over twenty years that I have come through this process a far better person than when I started out. Not totally unscathed, however. I remember the first assignment I had in the discussion...
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