I started my college education when I was pregnant with my first child. My children were young adults when I finally finished. The important thing is...I achieved what I set out to do.
I was pregnant with my first child when I decided to get my Bachelor's degree. My Calculus teacher was really worried I would give birth in her class. She soon became one of my favorite teachers (and no, I didn't give birth in her class). Because of her I actually made it through Calculus 3. Keep in mind that I was working full-time as well, so after my son was born, it soon became too difficult to continue with school. When my children were in middle school, I took some more classes and managed to achieve my Associates degree. Yay me!
This was one path on my journey, but it's not the last. It's not how old you are, but how willing you are to move forward and achieve that dream.
At that time, I ended up buying a small coffee shop and learning how to be a business owner. This meant further education was put on hold. I didn't give up on the dream though. Someday I would make it happen. And...I did.
Never Give Up!
Years later...the company I currently work for offered tuition reimbursement. I went back & forth on whether I was too old at this point to even bother. I should probably add that my youngest son was in his twenties at this time, but I figured I would go for it anyway. I'm not saying it was easy, and there were times when I asked myself why I was even doing this. I was working full-time (sometimes overtime), doing online classes, and working on my yoga 200 certification. It was a struggle at times but now that it's over, I am proud of myself for what I achieved. No, it wasn't all perfect or smooth. I failed a couple tests because I either didn't comprehend the information or didn't study properly, but I kept going and tried harder with the next test. I didn't give up.
If you are working towards your dream, remember to never give up! You can do it! Have faith in yourself and when things get tough, take a break to relax and get back to it stronger than before.
This doesn't mean that I'm done dreaming though. I have other things I want to achieve. This was one path on my journey, but it's not the last. It's not how old you are, but how willing you are to move forward and achieve that dream. You will find many mature adults who are making the decision to do just what I did. It feels so good when you can say "I accomplished it! Yay me!!".
What is the dream you have in your journey? It doesn't have to be a degree. Maybe your journey includes your health or traveling. Whatever it is, go for it and remember "Never Give Up"!