Title: A line from a famous song in which the singer is confident that doing it ‘their way’ has shaped their life for the best.
Lucky is the person who feels like that, because I personally have made plenty of mistakes, many of which still have the power to make me feel hot or cringe when I think of them. (Read my post on embarrassing moments here).
I’m not pretending I’ve done everything wrong, no need to start my pity party, I’ve got a wonderful life partner and we are happy. My children have grown into balanced, healthy adults equipped with a good education. I have friends and extended family who offer me company and support when I need it.
Not going to university was a big mistake. I didn’t listen to my parents who wanted the best for me and suggested I take my education further. My problem was, I wasn’t sure what I wanted in terms of a career. I’ve posted before about my aspirations to be a journalist or a writer.. If I attended secretarial college to learn shorthand and typing that seemed a step along the right road.
Another mistake was moving in with my boyfriend when I was only 19 years old. We were both young and when life should have been a great adventure, I’d tied myself down to a man I outgrew quickly. I dragged myself down with the drudgery of being a responsible, bill-paying housewife while my friends were having carefree fun: going to nightclubs, having holidays abroad.
I met this guy while I was studying my business course, causing me to veer from my original plan. I hastily got a job working in the claims department for a local toothbrush and plastics company. The job was dull, with people who’d worked at the offices for years. I never even tried working in the bright lights of London. Since then I’ve done a series of secretarial and administration jobs, none of them utilising my creativity.
Nowadays, blogging and writing in my spare time, I feel fulfilled, I love it. I did probably miss out on having a career I enjoyed, which stretched me. However, I don’t intend to waste this opportunity, presented to me in later life. It’s my second bite at the cherry and I’ll continue pushing myself to tick more off my bucket list.
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