I'm a summer person. I like warm, never been a fan of the cold, rain, wet, dark days. I suppose that the occasional snuggle fireside during a rain storm is inviting, but that isn't every day life. I like the outdoors, I love to garden, I need the sun and the cold just does bad things to my bones. Every single year as summer begins to draw to a close, I begin feeling this tug of regret and unavoidable disappointment as I begin to mentally prepare for fall to roll in and consume the warm summer months.
Until this year...
For over 20 years, I have wanted to be a Speech Pathologist. Money was an issue, raising my son became first priority, etc. I was well on my way about 9 years ago when I had to quit Chico State and put my dreams on hold. I had all but given up on fulfilling the dream until an unexpected job layoff in July of 2011. At the time I was devastated by the loss, but soon enough figured I was going to have to make lemonade outta them lemons and did my research. I found ONE and ONLY ONE school that offers and undergrad program through distance learning and began to set the ball in motion to return to school. They didn't take all my credits, so I had to repeat some classes (including Statistics...ick!) but here I am, right now today, on my second to last semester of school as I look forward to graduating with my Bachelors Degree in Communications Disorders/Speech Pathology next May.
This year, as I see the days and nights becoming cooler which points to the inevitable entrance of fall and the close of 2012, I am excited. I welcome the cold, the dark days, the rain and falling leaves. Because all of these things signal time moving towards achieving that dream I have had so many years. So, so many years. At the age of 45, I am finally doing the one thing I have always wanted to do! So....this year, I say with a huge smile on my face..."come on in, brother fall....and bring your buddy winter cause I'm ready!"
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