The quote above is so appropriate for my life. Everyone told me I had so much potential, but I squandered it chasing the easy goal versus the one I really wanted. I simply thought, people like me don't get what they really want.
I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck. My mother never went to college and my father never finished high school. I dropped out in the 9th grade and got a GED (which I got with no additional classwork. It seems I was already performing at a 12th grade level).
At 19 I went back to college and went off and on for the next 10 years. I took classes in business, computers, geology, biology, and engineering. Basically, whatever interested me.
Now I'm 45, I have 2 degrees (BS in Marketing and MA in Journalism), 3 kids, and an overwhelming desire to pursue a life on my terms. Using my education, the knowledge I've acquired, and my skills in writing, photography, and video production, I'm going to build a career as a science writer.