I just had to write this down.

I have been told many times that in order to be someone of importance I need a piece of paper from an institution that says I have been trained to do something.

Obviously elementary and high school are important, but post-secondary education was never for me. I couldn’t concentrate in the big lecture halls (and could barely see the professor) and found that the smaller in-class sessions just annoyed me. I went to 2 different colleges for 3 different programs and hated all of them. All I have to show are some expensive textbooks and the last $3000 of a student loan that I have been paying off for 5 or 6 years.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am not saying don’t go to college or university.  There are a lot of benefits for specialized education in certain industries and it is required for a lot of jobs.  In my case it was a waste of time and money.

The only thing I have ever wanted to do was be in business for myself in the entertainment industry and no one could teach me that. I am a person who learns by doing things for myself. This has most definitely led to me having a hard time during certain periods of my life and making some bad decisions, but I do not have regrets. I believe that everything in my life has happened for a reason. Whether it was to teach me a lesson or make me a stronger person, it has made me who I am today.

At 28 years old I am finally doing what I want to do and not what was expected. I am a strong, independent woman, who is living my life on my terms and although there are moments of anxiety and uncertainty I am generally happy and fulfilled. This is in part thanks to having amazing parents who always told us we could do anything we put our minds too, supportive friends and siblings, and most of all a partner who loves me for who I am and does not try to change me. I am a lucky girl and I know it.

This post was spawned from this paragraph:

“You’re stupid if you spent four to eight years of your life getting a piece of paper that says you have the right to opine on any subject that is offered online through the University Of Phoenix. Beyond requiring some form of training to ensure that one knows how to successfully conduct triple bypass surgery, we’re all stupid for buying into the notion that to not be considered stupid we have to adhere to a scholastic pyramid scheme that, in most cases, places you in immense debt but doesn’t result in lasting, secure employment.”

-From Matthew Good, Dear San Diego