Sunday, March 17, 2013
My SparkCoach challenge for today is to think about longer term goals. Part of me isn't feeling this, which is maybe why I should. It's Sunday at the end of spring break for my husband. He'll graduate soon, and then life will change quite a bit. He'll be working days. He has to study for the Bar, which we keep hearing is worse than any term of Law School. I can give one bit of advice to anyone considering law school. The Law school application process is very much like Law school itself. A big exam on which everything depends and a big essay on which everything depends. Rinse, repeat 3 or 4 times a term. Also, lots and lots of reading.
Law school used to be my Plan C, that is, if my husband died. I guess plan B would be if something else happened to him and I had to support us/me and the kids. I guess my current plan B is ophthalmic tech or staff accountant. Plan A, such as it is, would be famous author and informational presenter :D Since I don't want to go to Law school right now, I guess Plan C would be slum lord, since real estate is kind of cheap right now. Though my dad would say wages still haven't caught up to even post recession real estate prices. Well, this is what you get when you ask me for long term plans.
Getting back to Plan B, I was reflecting the other day on whether going to college mattered for me. My degree is in Linguistics and I've never held a job where it mattered. I've often considered going into nursing but it would take 2 years of prerequisite coursework. Something I've been revisiting this past week is the Masters of Public Health idea, as I've been reading weight maintenance studies. I seriously considered that 7 years ago but can't remember what the prerequisite situation was. Well, it's not as dire as for nursing. I used to think nursing would be a good gig because there was a shortage of them, but I have learned there isn't a shortage per se, just a shortage of nurses willing to work the hours for expected pay. Which is less of a good gig.
Plan A, though, I have a window of opportunity to advance in, which is between now and September when my husband passes the Bar theoretically. Then I become a paralegal/ office manager for his business. So now is my golden opportunity to do writing, So I really should get on the move with that. I mean it's unlikely running a fledgling law practice will be more than full time, but I really do have a window now where I am the captain of my own ship. So where am I going to take it?
Something I realized looking back at college was I shrank from doing things that were hard. And if I remain on that course, I will wind up with those results. My weight loss and maintenance journeys have shown me that doing the hard stuff can be worth it.
So what about 5 or 10 years along the road? I was in that mode before my 40th birthday. Getting out of debt, maybe going on a mission, but then we rebooted with the baby. I guess if things went as I wished, and why wouldn't they, in five years I'd have a few books in print. I know that's what I wished five and ten years ago...
Four years ago I gave up on writing, signed up for Geographic Information System classes. I felt like I had discovered my bliss. But I found school was too unforgiving of my home and work priorities. And when it came down to a gut check, I realized I was on the wrong track. I came back to writing, and while I've struggled a lot with it I do think I've got a workable plan now. I've just got to be willing to do the hard stuff.