Today’s prompt is – “degree/degrees.”
It’s all a matter of degree. You hear it all the time.
The chance of winning the lottery, success in study and in life it all depends on a few variables that happen to us to prevent is succeeding or allowing us to.
A man gets run over on a crossing and we say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, what bad luck.
I have the urge to prattle on about this word its one of those terms that touches you in so many ways.
I have a degree, it was hard fought I have to say; I had little kids at the time and not a lot of time to study. Thankfully I was doing it by correspondence and I was able to have a week at university during my term break.
In some ways it was a holiday, a break away from the kids, the wife, a chance to met up with new friends, drink a bit, study without interruption, and I did a couple of times.
Through sheer good luck I often think I gained a University Degree, it meant extra money in my pay, at the time that was my sole motivation for doing it.
Later on I wish I had had the opportunity to pursue further study, I did do a few diploma type courses, one offs to qualify me to teach subjects that were new in our curriculum.
So most of our lives is a series of degree moments, which determine whether or not we’ll go mad, or be a raging success in life.
Written for: http://lindaghill.com/2014/10/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-2514/
Your thoughts on this subject make me think about how upside down life is. You’re forced to make choices when you’re so young — and the least qualified to make them — that will affect the rest of your life. But what an amazing thing you did going to school while working and having little kids! Just thinking about all the hard work that must have entailed boggles my mind. I bet you didn’t get a lot of sleep!
Sleep? No some days not a lot. But as i say somehow i did manage to get there in the end. You are right though when we are young we have huge decisions to make often with limited resources but that is how it was. Thankfully Linda it evens out later in life. Kids grow up!
Ah! So true! Have a great weekend Michael! 😀
I admire people like yourself, Michael; gaining a degree while raising a family or working fulltime at night. My youngest daughter and son-in-law did that. Not raise a family, but they went to uni fulltime during the day and worked every night — Kylie at Lone Star and Ady as a security guard. You are to be congratulated and I tips my hat to you.
Well thank you Lyn, its what you do to earn en extra dollar. Enjoy your weekend.
Yes though necessity it takes a strong commitment to enter into something when young, looking at the avenues it will open as you grow, whilst raising a family. I’m as Lyn hats off to you!
If you don’t follow that comment, either do I in part…I’m tired 😒
Somehow I doubt it was luck that got you your degree! Thanks for the great post, Michael. 🙂
Thanks Linda, I am sure there was a degree of bloody-mindedness as well….
Haha! I’m sure there was. 🙂
Great response to this prompt, Michael, I could see so much of my past life here too…goving back to get my degree when the kids were in school…and my degree just taught me how much more I want to learn. Brava, Michael, I truly enjoyed this post!
Thank you Oliana, greatly appreciate you reading and your comment.
We all make decisions that affect our life later on. Some good, some not so good. Sounds like you made the right ones Michael.
In hindsight yes at the time it was a great struggle. Thanks Jackie.
Way to go on getting your degree. Not sure I have the patience to work on my studies while raising a family. It takes a lot of patience & discipline – I’m sure.