The Education of My Life
You could not pay me enough to give up one day of my past life to be young again. I will take what comes before I relinquish the education that I received in the first half of my life.
When I was young, mom and dad taught me about values, responsibilities, and trust. That stayed with me forever. We never promised anything we couldn’t fulfill.
When I got married, I learned about love. The give, the take, and the obligations we owed one another through sickness and health.
My husband was in a car accident and had to have back surgery. I was there for him and nursed him for three years before he was well enough to resume any activities. Through sickness, I learned compassion.
When I miscarried my first child, I learned about faith, trusting that I would conceive again and have a child. I learned about mother love when I delivered my boy. It’s an endless road when you have child. You are a mother until your dying day.
Divorce gave me the strength to become who I was meant to be. All that went with it… the bankruptcy, the foreclosure and the loss of love, taught me about humility.
Starting over was a true lesson in courage. It was I striking out against all odds to make a life for myself by working as hard as I could to achieve results.
All of these experiences have made me stand tall and appreciate the person I see in the mirror each day. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it. I faced my fears and forged ahead, trusting that God would be with me on this journey.
So, if you ask me to give all this up to be young again, I would have to pass.
With my toes pointed forward, I move on each day knowing I am going in the right direction. My hair may be graying, my face may be aging, but in a good way. There are laugh lines and worry lines that tell the tale of a real life lived, and I would not give that up for anything or anyone.