It’s official! With what seemed like an endless amount of essays, papers, and projects to write, hundreds of pages of textbooks to read, and discussion groups that seemed to go on forever – I am finally done!! Ironically, I was also looking at my calendar and realized exactly five years ago, I was laying on the operating table, having an ICD put in, not knowing where my life would be headed after. Scared and unsure, I truly didn’t know what to expect at that time or have any idea whether my health would actually get better or continue to get worse. Nor did I know what path I would continue on in life itself or expect to be going back to school to work towards another degree! But here I am, closing yet another chapter of my life. Once all the formalities are done over the next few weeks, I will have my Bachelors Degree in hand, along with a sense of accomplishment in achieving a goal I had set out to do just a few years ago. Sure, there were some days I was completely exhausted, other days I struggled to keeps my eyes open. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed out sometimes – who wouldn’t be. Trying to balance being a mom with working full time and going to school full time was a challenge. Anxiety did mount and there were a few times I questioned whether I was putting myself under too much stress, stress that wasn’t good for my heart.
Know your limits, but never stop trying to exceed them.
But I made it – and with great grades to boot! I could have easily chosen not to go to school, or I could have chosen to quit when the road go tough…but I didn’t. I had a wonderful family who supported my decision to go back, an incredible son and boyfriend who took care of things at home while I studied and concentrated on school, and incredibly understanding friends who understood my social life would have to be put on hold. Now I can finally turn my attention to writing my blog and book in my spare time; setting out on yet another couple of goals I want to work towards to complete. What a nice change of pace it will be to write what I want to write about rather than what I have to write about.