So, its my first day back after summer break. And I am excited for this class. Its a health class, which, while I am not as healthy as I want to be, I like to think I am pretty knowledgable when it comes to that kind of stuff. Struggling with a healthy lifestyle my entire life has made me research like mad on the best ways to get the weight off and keep it off. A battle I am still fighting. But I digress.
I love school. School is so fun for me. I love to meet new classmates and hear everyones opinion on what they think is the correct answer to a problem. More often than not I am about 75/50 on that scale. Unless it’s math, that I’m pretty good at. It wasn’t always so. I used to hate it. Maybe I should clarify, I hated high school.
I know what you’re thinking….Who didn’t? I know, I know, high school is like this crappy rite of passage for teenagers. Those of us who are too young to be taken seriously but too old to be treated like a child.
Being a teenager sucked ass. I thought I was so cool. I knew everything, and no one else knew better than me. I had lived life, who were these old people trying to give me advice. Pfft, I didn’t need advice from folks taking geritol. They didn’t know what it was like to live in this day and age. I was such a shit.
Oh, gosh, I don’t even want to think about all the embarrassing things I did as a teenager. One time I pretended that I was an exchange student just so I could go to my friends choir class with her. I can’t sing a lick. Actually, that one was kinda funny.
This other time I pretended to be a deaf exchange student so I wouldn’t have to particiapte in my friends gym class that I had slipped into. Who does that? Who cuts class to go to another class? Me, apparently. One thing I really regret is taunting the yard duties. Vickie and Pauline used to escort me to class because I cut so much. At lunch, I took off running and Pauline chased me but she slipped in a gopher hole and broke her ankle. She was out of work for 6 weeks because of me. At the end of the year she told me that I single handely ruined this job for her. It was her first and only year because she quit. I know, I’m a shit.
Eventually, I got kicked out of high school because I thought that I didn’t need it. I was bored and cutting class was so much more fun. That is one of my biggest regrets in life. The entire second semester I didn’t do a single piece of homework or classwork. I bearly showed up. My GPA was 0.00. I hear many people say that if thay had the chance to go back and do it all over again they wouldn’t change a thing because they are happy with where they are today. And while I am happy with my station in life currently. I would absolutely change that. I would effing graduate. With honors. Because I could’ve if I wanted to. I’m smart enough to have made it to the honor roll. I was on it before I gave up.
It sounds like such a waste right? But I think that teenagers are too young to understand how important an good education is. Or it may have been my upbringing. As a teenager, I already knew everything so school wasn’t necessary.
I am so glad that second chances are a thing. I am soooooo glad for that. It will take some time to finish since I am working full time along with making my family a priority as well. But it is worth it to me. I don’t care if I’m 50 or older when I finish. The point is I WILL finish.
College is my second chance. Everyone deserves a second chance. From the moment I stepped into my first class, I knew I was where I belonged. People who WANTED to be there. We weren’t forced to. And I think that is a huge difference between high school and college. It took me a long time to go back and realize what a fool I had been back then.
Now, I’m a self-proclaimed life long learner. Anyone else here a life long learner as well? To clarify for others like me who basically dropped out, Lifelong learning is the ‘ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.
I do it for both. I do it to get my degree in english because I love english and I do it so I can transfer to a four year where I can finish up my paralegal certificate.
So, yeah, I’m taking a health class. It’s my first day today. And I can’t wait to meet everyone in my class and learn new things.
Because Knowledge really is power.