Amen to that John. I was making upper five figures as a web developer/programmer for a major multimedia corporation. Great money, but I hated it - it wasn't what I wanted to do the rest of my life.Originally Posted by John
This thread as well as my recent academic experiences have shown me that it never is too late to give one's dreams a shot. When I was 18 I started college on a full academic scholarship but halfway into the first semester, a multitude of events made me realize I wasn't ready for school yet, or to be an adult - so I joined the Navy, got 6 years of practical work experience.
After that I worked as a waiter at an upscale Italian eatery, moonlighting as a hotel front desk attendant off and on before moving on to the programming position. After a year of that, I started undergrad. I worked full time while finishing my bachelors degree (in English, emphasis on Creative Writing) and then quit my job to go to grad school. After obtaining my MFA in Creative Writing, I decided even that wasn't enough and decided to go to law school which is what I will be starting this fall at the University of Minnesota (I started last fall but took a leave of absence due to a family emergency).
Not sure what I'm trying to say here, other than it's never too late to do something, and it's always worthwhile to pursue your dreams whether you be 20 or 60. The hardest part for me being in school at this age is adjusting my lifestyle from making good money to making none at all. I know it's only temporary, but it sure does put a strain on me emotionally trying to explain to my creditors why I just can't keep up with them right now. It's also hard for me to explain to my children why I can't afford to come see them every other month like I used to and why I don't do nearly as much with and for them as I used to. Three more years. That's what I tell myself.