Of course, as with everything in my life, I learned the hard way. As I experience more of life, I can see my mistakes from the road behind. Most of the time I am able to stop, take a moment to pray for wisdom, listen for the answer and proceed accordingly.
I am a tenacious person. When I believe God has set me on a path, I will not give up or give in until I have completed the journey. Sometimes the journey is so difficult, I want to give in to defeat. At the same time, I have to give it one more day. In the end, I have kept going one more day until the goal is met. I am now working on enjoying the journey as well as reaching the finish line.
Starting the Physical Therapist Assistant program at 52 years of age, when my life was in turmoil, felt like a stupid move. I was a mess from start to finish. One day a professors said to me; "Why don't you just give up?" My reply was; "You can kick me out, but I will never quit." So many times I thought the process would do me in.
I did not quit, they did not kick me out. I graduated with honors. It is now two years after graduation, I am working in a career I love, stronger than ever. Everything has worked out, I am happier than I've been in a long, long time.
I have learned so much along the way. It takes time and reflection to see all the lessons learned. Every so often, something will come out of my mouth I didn't even know was there. Surprising myself is one of the great joys of my life.
Courage and tenacity are gifts, creating a "knowing" in my spirit. Knowing I'm open to learning. Open to being wrong, seeing someone else's point of view. Realizing everyone has a unique take on life.
Don't give up. Try new things. Fantasizing freedom from my ego.