I wish I’d have known

22 thoughts on “I wish I’d have known”

  1. I love this post: you have written my very dilemma! I’m in the same boat as you. Only I’m ten years older. I went to college and got my degree in Accounting. Not because it was my passion, but because my father told me that no matter what I chose as my major, I needed to make sure That I could get a job and earn a paycheck. So, the corporate world was my first stop after graduating. Then 20 years of staying home to bring up my children. Now, I am a happy empty nester who desperately wishes she could do-over the college thing and study what is truly meaningful to her: literature, writing, philosophy. To have meaningful discussions with others who are also doing these things… ah, that would be incredible!

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    1. Amen sister! We get each other. I’m working at it by joining book clubs and critique groups, listening to literature related radio programs and podcasts, and throwing stuff at the wall on my blog. I’m glad this one stuck. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

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    1. Yes, that is definitely coming into play in some of the stuff I write, especially about the marshes. Thank you for reminding me of that – that nature writing is always an option.

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  2. As a MA in English, I had all that, and I loved every minute of it, but it doesn’t make the words come any easier today. A sense of relevancy in what I write is still hard to achieve, and a deep fear that I’ll never be relevant as a writer (or a human for that matter) persists. Ultimately, we all write alone (it’s the hardest part of getting motivated for me…I’m an extrovert). I’d love to get a writing group together…give and take…feedback…criticism… I miss that part of formal English education the most. What do you think?

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  3. Very well written and very true. I find myself in the same situation now, although I only began my journey into writing and blogging very recently. As I, too, am approaching forty I can completely empathize with your situation. I am glad that you found your way, at some point, or we’d be missing out on your unique and intriguing point of view.

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    1. Thanks so much Timur. I’m starting to get the feeling that our late 30s and early 40s are when we discover ourselves (for those of us who didn’t know before, anyway).

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      1. This may be from an old tune but is so true.”The most interesting people I know didn’t know at twenty two what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting forty year olds I know still don’t.” (Baz Luhrmann) If nothing else then, at least we may be a little more interesting than the average bear 🙂 Have a wonderful day. TimurZ

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  4. You now have experience, in life, something to write about and an obvious talent. Looking forward to reading more, like this story it is yours. Great words and thank you for sharing them.

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  5. That is really true. At 18 I didn’t know what I wanted to do in my life either! But luckily I did manage to do something that I enjoy. I kinda hope I won’t get tired of it one day!

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  6. I’m an oddball I guess. I kind of had a clear direction for my life for many years…nursing and midwifery. Family health problems and homeschooling needed more of my attention, so midwifery had to go. Graduated my daughter and husband’s health declined, so turned almost full time caregiver only working one day a week as a nurse. Now, I’m 40 and feel like I suddenly don’t know what I want to do in life. When my caregiving is done, I really don’t know that nursing is what I want for the rest of my life other than to work occasionally in it.

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    1. Sounds like you’re in the same boat to me – trying to figure out what you want to do at age 40. Your story shows me, though, how full your life has already been, and reminds me that mine has been too. We can kind of just coast from here, right?

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