Go For it!

Written by on May 13, 2020

This week was a big week for me…I got my acceptance from Uni SA and enrolled in my courses. If you are reading this you might be going what? that’s not that big a thing. For me, it’s a huge thing.

When I finished school, I was on a career path at McDonald’s, I was an Assistant Manager. I was in a settled relationship and it seemed my life was mapped out for me. I was also terrified of change and new things. Instead of applying for Uni, I took the easy way out and went the path of least resistance.

What If I Missed Out?

Since that time, I have been married, divorced, had a child, married again and become a blended family, moved house three times, faced infertility, major health issues worked in various roles, studied at Tafe, and continued with my life. There have been health challenges, huge highs, crushing lows, and through all of it, there has been a nagging feeling that I missed out. I made the wrong decision that I let fear change the course of my life.

It’s Too Late

Along with that was the sick feeling it was too late for me now. I felt as though I was too old to chase that dream. I felt like I would never achieve it, so I might as well just let it go. The only problem was I just couldn’t; it nagged at me,  a constant regret playing over and over.

I was made redundant in January. My husband and I discussed the next steps and Uni came up. I found my dream degree, a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Media and Psychology. It is my dream degree. I went all the way through the application process, and then once again, I dismissed it. Fear reared its ugly head, and I listened to the voice that told me I was too old at this point even to try. Practical considerations took over and I looked for work and stuffed the dream down again.

Time To Go For It

Months went by, I have a part-time job which I love, and I have spent a lot of time praying for direction and looking for a job with more hours. I got an email stating that midyear entry is open for my degree. This time I ignored all the fear, I ignored all the voices in my head telling me I couldn’t, that it wasn’t the right time, that I was too old, that I wasn’t good enough, that I have no idea. This time, I completed the application. And I waited, and I was accepted. I have enrolled, chosen my subjects. I am officially a Uni student.

Wherever you are at in your life – whatever stage, if you have younger children and a never-ending to-do list, or older children and a never-ending list of places they need to be. If you have no children or your children are grown, if you are struggling with your health or not sure what happened in your life or how you ended up where you are, It’s never too late. If you feel like you are too old or too young, none of those things are a reason not to chase your dreams.

Not Now is Not Never

Don’t stop dreaming those dreams and don’t let the little voice in your head be the reason why you don’t chase them. Don’t listen when it says you are too this or too that. Ignore it when it says your time has passed and you have missed out. Maybe the timing is off right now but that doesn’t mean you will never get a chance. No dream is too big or too small. Decide that you won’t for one more minute push away that dream that nags at you when it’s all quiet. Let it be something that you go for, even if it is one small step at a time.

Lorrene McClymont is an Author and Photographer based in South Australia. She writes faith-based blogs under the Essential Hope Banner. All images can be purchased through the Hope Images website

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