A Degree is NOT Everything
It really gets under my skin when people think less of me–actually anyone but this is about me right now–just because I don’t have a piece of paper to post up on my wall. Just because I didn’t spend four plus years of my life to devote to higher education.
I did not attend college straight after graduating high school. I took a few months off. Taking tests, applying to college, searching for scholarships simply did not appeal to me. Plus I had no idea what I wanted to go to school for. Yeah, I had tons of interests and knew plenty of fields I wanted to enter, but the idea of sitting in school for a countless amount of years was a different story. When I finally did apply for and begin classes at a community college, I quickly found out that the interest just wasn’t there. And I didn’t want to waste my money, my parents money, nor payback school loans for the next two lifetimes. So when that semester of college was over, I did not continue on. I joined the Air Force instead, which is another blog on its own.
Why does not having a degree make me less of a person? Why do people look down on me because I do not have some sort of collegiate accolade attached to my name? “You would be further in life if you went to college…” “You’d be more stable…” are just a few of the things I’ve been told in the past. I couldn’t disagree more. In fact, having a college degree does NOT guarantee anyone to anything. I know plenty of people who have done 4+ years of school and can’t find a decent job. One guy I know has been looking for a job forever and lucked up, if you will, as a sales associate at Sears. What sense does that make?
I know of a lady who is a lawyer. She started up her own law practice. As successful as she was, her heart was no longer in it. She decided to go to nail school. Nail school, I said, so you know how cross-eyed people looked at her. But she did that because that was what she wanted. That is where her heart was. Within months, she opened up her own day spa and salon and couldn’t be happier.
People work hard, spend money, take time away from family, from things they enjoy, sacrifice their life basically for higher education when it does not always pan out for them. Not only does it not pan out, but they often find themselves unhappy with the sacrifices they have made. Plenty of people in the 40s, 50s, and even 60s are going back to school because they spent 20+ years in a career that did not fulfill them. They have lost out on time and years that cannot be replaced simply because they achieved society’s level of success. I refuse to be that type of person.
I may not have a college degree but I am one HAPPY lady. I am doing everything that I want to do. I am on my way to being a licensed skin therapist so I can open up my own spa. I have written a novel that is on its way to publication. I have one published short story. I am free from school loans. I wake up every morning knowing that I don’t have to go to a job that I loathe. I go to sleep at night knowing I have lived a full day doing what I enjoy. I am able to take vacation when I want, spend time with my family when I want, write as many books as I want. My life revolves around me. I don’t revolve around it.
So whoever said that I needed a college degree to be happy and successful can sit back and watch me prove them wrong. I am somebody just as I am.
If you are stuck in an unhappy career, if you realized you made the wrong decision, find out what your heart desires today. Search deep within to find your passion and do everything you can to bring that dream to fruition. Don’t let your life pass you by. Be happy. You only get one shot.
Edited to add: I do not look down on people who have degrees. I think it is a great accomplishment and I celebrate their achievements. I just wish that those same people would celebrate my achievements without it.
Blessings & Prosperity!
This is Jewells signing out…