I did it

I did it. I finally completed an associate’s in liberal arts degree.

Can you believe it?! Little ol’ me with a GED. Who was on her own at 16.

I did it while maintaining a career, a marriage, and treating depression.

I did it through family turmoil, suicide attempts and sexual assaults of people I love, and Mom’s hospitalizations from domestic violence.

I did it regardless of life, I DID IT.

It wasn’t easy, but I didn’t think it would be this hard. I love to learn – it wasn’t the content of the education that was difficult. The personal sacrifices were greater than I anticipated. Depression raged, I wore myself out, hardly saw The Husband or any friends.
But I did it. And I will do it again. Education means that much to me. I can’t control what life deals me, but I can determine how I play what I’m dealt. School gives me a leg up, personal power, and freedom to maneuver my career.

Learning opens my mind, changes it, too, and makes me a better me so I can be better for everyone else.

I did it. I accomplished something I thought I’d never be able to do because life didn’t happen the way I wanted it to. And I’m finally proud of myself.

What a sophsticated college graduate's face looks like when she's proud of what she's accomplished. Insert SQUEE here.

What a sophisticated college graduate’s face looks like when she’s proud of what she’s accomplished. Insert SQUEE here.