Life may begin at 19 for some, but in some cases life starts at 40. Don’t ever think or give up on your hopes and dreams. You will realize one day that life goes on. You always continue to learn and grow, making changes throughout life.
I used to think that my life consisted of staying home raising three children and looking after my home. Having no social life I was trying to do the best I could for my children.
Then I met Patricia MacDonald. Patricia is compassionate, understanding and a good listener. We talked about what would interest me as my long term goals, and what was holding me back.
She introduced me to portfolio and it showed me many skills that I had. I was afraid at first. By the end of the course the more I learned about myself, the more I wanted to continue learning.
I started to set small goals for myself by taking a couple of computer courses.
Then my older sister became involved with GALA (Guysborough Adult Learning Association) and I made a comment that I would like to some upgrading. I was determined to start at the Nova Scotia Community College in September 2008.
I took the first step on applying to NSCC for Office Information and Technology. Never would I have expected to hear from them so quick. About a month later I got my acceptance letter saying that I got into the O.I.T. program. All I had to do was send money to hold my seat.
While I waited to start at NSCC, I decided to take courses to re-educate myself. I forgot everything after 20 years of not being in school.
I assure you I cannot wait to get his ball rolling so that when I graduate I can finally get a job I can enjoy. A special thank you to Patricia MacDonald who always knew I was able to fulfill any goal that I set myself to do, and gave me the self-confidence I never had before.
Just because I am 40 does not mean the options of learning lessen for me. You may have to put every bit of effort towards it, but in the end you will find your self-worth.