Going back to college at the age of 33 isn’t recommended by anybody, professional or otherwise. Something happens to your brain after you turn 30 and retaining information isn’t as easy to do as it was when you were twenty and your mind was still fresh from high school and easily mold-able.
Recently I started to look for a part time job that I might enjoy but I kept running into a road block. Most jobs that aren’t minimum wage in pay grade require some form of degree or experience in that field. Thus far I have spent my life in those base-level jobs. At 33 years old it’s expected that you can do more than slice deli meat or operate a cash register. And while I’m a fairly quick study at most things I do, I don’t look very good on paper. Every job I’ve had since I was 16 and started working have been jobs that most people do while they’re waiting to do something else.
So I decided that now was the time to actually work on a degree and mean it. I’m not encumbered by a full time job as I was so many years ago when I attempted college the first time. Math has always been my Achilles heel academically. It’s not that I’m bad at it so much as I have trouble retaining information that I deem unuseful or unnecessary. Algebra has always fallen into that category for me.
As it turns out I’m not half bad at mouth. As usual whenever I’m put into a classroom setting (be it for various work classes or college or anything in between) I have found that I’m a lot smarter than I think I am. Your brain, like anything else, loses some functionality if you don’t use it. Now that I’m using it more, I find that it works better. For the most part, anyway.
I’ve spent my entire adult life until now waiting on my life to start, or for the rapture to happen, or something. I’m not really sure why. I’ve just procrastinated doing what most people do early into adulthood for one reason or another. Realizing that you’re only employable for minimum wage or slightly above at 33 years old is a real eye opener.
I’ve always felt that I was meant to do something incredible, so maybe I’ve just been waiting on that something incredible to present itself to me. Apparently that’s not how life works.
Overall I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. Well, except have lunch with Adele and Jenny Lawson and Allie Brosh in Ireland in a castle overlooking the Shannon River while Oprah reads some Harry Potter to us and JK Rowling busily writes my life story from the other room. I’m not sure if knowing what you want to do helps you find your path any faster, or if I really am taking the long way around. Either way, I’m going to enjoy the journey and stop delaying what I can go ahead and get done and out of the way.
Seriously, though, if anyone could hook me up with any or all of those women I’d be forever indebted to you.