i called home this evening to talk to my mom about this week’s events-she was out at target so i spoke to my step dad for a few minutes. i asked about his back, no surgery scheduled yet and told him i’d call back to talk to her about the week. he started saying he’d heard about it and he said congrats or something…it’s funny how your family, the ones who know you best put it all in perspective because i said “not bad for a high school drop out”
it may surprise or even shock some people to know that i am a high school drop out. that is the term for those of us who did not finish high school and receive a diploma. there’s lots of reasons why i didn’t finish-some that are clear and some forgotten-it seems like a different life, a different person now.
i don’t think there was ever a question that i was smart, clever…really intelligent. it was always about focus and direction. i took my GED cold, no preparation when i was 18 and when i went in the air force they said i had the highest “non HS grad” score they’d seen.
i suppose that makes my success this week a little bit sweeter.
it also make me look at the kids hanging out in my neighborhood and think…if only they had a goal~~if only they knew all the amazing places that are out there~~if only they could imagine what their life could be like if they applied themselves.