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May 27, 2011

Never Say Never

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By Linda Tancs

Whenever I hear someone express a negative belief about being able to accomplish something, I’m often reminded of one of my favorite quotes attributed to the philosopher Goethe:  “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.”  Negative beliefs often surround the subject of going back to school at a later age.  Consider a 50-year-old who says:  “I can’t go back to school now.  I’ll be 54 when I graduate.”  Well, you will be 54 (or whatever age it is) in any event.  Growing older doesn’t take any talent or ability but it’s all the sweeter if you find opportunity in change.  As a beautiful expression goes, you are the artist of your life.  This point was aptly illustrated in a newspaper story about an older woman who elected to rise above some very challenging circumstances and attend a community college.  She became homeless after losing her job, lost all her possessions when she couldn’t pay the storage facility, surrendered her children to relatives for their daily care and lost three loved ones to health issues within a single year.  She remarked that if she could persevere through school as a homeless person, then anyone with a home could do it, too.  Never say never; it’s as simple as that.

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