Yes, my mind is still on this topic. 😉
I am well aware that I have a list to get through, but this blog does centre on our life as a homeschooling family, so bear with me.
I’m thirty-five years old, and have seven children ages 14 and under. I have a husband who is not getting any younger. I co-own a decent-sized piece of property in a lovely area, upon which a beautiful and unique home rests. I do not have a degree or post-secondary diploma in ANYTHING. I never finished nursing school.
For the longest time, the plan was to go back to school and complete my education as soon as I possibly could. Just because. I even began taking the steps to do it a couple of years ago, and the toll on my family was a bit much.
I view life a little differently these days. I have what so many people aim to have AFTER getting their education, becoming settled in their chosen profession, paying off the debt incurred during the acquisition of that education… OK, maybe they don’t want seven children, but most do want a couple. But I am not tied into anything. I don’t feel like I HAVE to stay in a job or profession because I have spent all that time and money studying in that area. I don’t base my life on my job. And yet I have not ceased to learn or absorb subjects and grow as a human being since the day I stepped out of school.
Perhaps because I don’t have a degree (or two), I don’t tend to look at a person’s source of income as their main identity as a human being. We do that in our culture. “This is John. He’s a mechanic/doctor/engineer/waiter” , as though that tells us anything about who he truly is as a person and whether or not his company is pleasurable to be around or he will prove himself to be a reliable and interesting friend in the future.
This post is not a knocking of college and university, so please do not feel defensive as you are reading my words. I am simply expressing the effect that my shift in perspective is having on my own life, and how free I have come to feel because of it. It is… joyous. The freedom to take on contracts or jobs that open doors to learn entire new subjects because I do not have to align my choices with what I have spent a few years of my life and tens of thousands of dollars studying. The thrill of learning because I am interested and passionate.
I love this. I hope that if my children do pursue a formal post-secondary education in any form, that it is done because they sincerely desire to do so. I hope that it is a benefit and not a burden to their lives afterward. And I hope that even if they do spend years in school and tens of thousands of dollars acquiring that piece of paper, that they will still be true enough to themselves to completely shift their lives in a different direction if that is what their core being ever tells them it is time to do. Even–especially–if it is something insane and wild, such as selling all of their possessions and moving to Uruguay. Or Kenya. Or just Newfoundland…
I hope that as I am living life these days, they too will do so in the future…