It is not too late to begin again, to take another first step.
In 2002 I registered for my first college class, four years after I graduated from high school. I had a 2 year old son and part time job, was about to get married and shortly after find out I was pregnant again. Fast forward 17 years through our wedding, birthing two more children, change of major (twice), gaining full time work and career change, stopping and starting school multiple times, automobile accidents, my husband’s heart attack, death of my grandparents, sister-in-law, brother, mother and countless other relatives, and bouts of anxiety and depression. I continued to get back up and start over throughout the years and now at the age of 39 I am officially a college graduate. My degree, an Associates of Art in Liberal Arts and Sciences, is not what I originally set out to earn and it might not advance my career much further, but it gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment in finishing something I started and continuing to persevere and overcome many moments of discouragement and heartache to have something to show for the time and effort I put in. I achieved it with Honors and I am thankful for continuing to start again until I finished. I am beyond thankful for family and friends who continued to support me over the years and talk me through it all and inspire me to not give up on myself and remind me that it was ok when I needed a break.
Whatever your dreams and goals are, whatever you are facing, continue to give yourself patience and grace along the way. Every step counts and before you know it, you’ll have so much to look back on and see how far you’ve come.