It’s never too late to start. That’s proven very true in my life in many ways. Whether that’s starting a family, quitting a bad habit, or binge-watching Breaking Bad after THE ENTIRE WORLD has already seen the finale. I’ve discovered that there’s no such thing as ‘the right time’ when it comes to doing something. “It” happens when it’s right for you, whether that follows conventional thinking or not.
This last weekend I graduated college with an Associates Degree in Multimedia Technologies at the age of 34 (knocking on the door of 35). I attended Rasmussen College which is a school that aligns itself to the thinking of ‘it’s never too late to start’. With an emphasis towards online classes, Rasmussen allows people in my walk of life a chance at doing something that only a handful of years ago was not even an option for me. I was in my 30’s, recently a new home-owner, working a full-time job and my wife and I were planning to start our family. Not optimal student conditions. Having been out of school for so long, I had put the idea of getting a degree to the side, as I seemed to be ‘getting by’ just fine.
But then as my life started to shape into middle-age adulthood I realized that I was missing something: Direction. I always knew that I wanted something more for myself. With a love of art and creating things I knew ultimately I wanted to end up with a job in the arts, which I didn’t have. It’s no secret that the most wanted jobs in our world require experience and qualifications, neither of which I had. Nobody was going to give my portfolio or resume a chance without a degree, this I knew. And now as a husband and future father, I knew that if I wanted not only direction for myself, but for my family as well. THIS was the time to get my sh*t together.
But with a big decision like this came a lot of anxiety. It had been roughly half my life since I was last in a classroom, money was a big concern, and of course the time commitment that came with it. These were all things that caused me to be extremely apprehensive and nervous. Luckily for me I had a lot of support and encouragement from my family and a determination not to just ‘get by’ any more.
Going back to school was one of the best decisions I ever made. Because of my going to school I have become a much better artist in multiple different media, I’ve self-published a Children’s Book (with a second on the way in a manner of weeks), I now have a job as a production artist, and of course I helped launch Mega Dads with my brother. The doors have been blown off the hinges for my future and I’m excited as hell.
But more than just my story, I was happy to look around at my graduation class and see a sea of people just like me achieving their dreams. Mothers, Grandfathers, Veterans, all walks of life who were well passed the ‘traditional’ age or stage of a college student. But it didn’t matter. It’s never too late to start, right? I’m very proud to be a part of that group of graduates, and to know that I now have that one thing I was missing. Direction.
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