I have been looking for a position that utilizes my skills as an administrative assistant for a long time. The problem is, there doesn’t seem to be anything available. I was starting to feel a little self-conscious. Is it my age? My lack of work experience these past few years as I was home raising my child? Or the fact that most admin positions I applied for required at least an Associates Degree?
My parents always said my nonchalant attitude about school would bite me in the ass. I can still hear their voices — “You really should try to do better in school, you’ll be sorry one day.” “You are wrong and I don’t care” was my generic response. I was having way too much fun cutting class, getting into trouble and well, having fun. Who needs an education? It turns out I needed an education.
I feel like I am limited to what I can do because of my lack of education. (Unlike Paul simon, my lack of education is hurting me some. Too bad I can’t sing or take good pictures.) Hence, I have spent the last 15 years shoving the education thing down the kids throat. I made a game of it. Up until her first day of pre-school I made her believe it was The Most Fun Ever. Going to school to learn was going to be better than playing a game of Cherry-O’s. Me, the girl who bragged if she got anything higher than a “D” on a test, was telling her 4 year old that school is better than a ride at Disney World.
And she actually believed me. She takes school pretty seriously. As for me, I know it’s not too late. My bestie — mid-forty something — just graduated from Nursing School. I am in awe of her. She is my hero. But I shall live vicariously through her. Because even though I may preach it, I do not want to practice it. For me, I have missed the boat. For me, school is not a ride at Disney World.
So, I found a job. It is not an admin job. I’ve kinda given up on that for now. I’m doing something I haven’t done in close to 30 years. And it’s called Retail. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you more about it. Just so you know, that’s why I haven’t been blogging. Because I’m exhausted. So go to school kids. You will need that education. I get the feeling you will need it for everything. And I mean everything.