Previously published on Ciao.
Today I am writing about education, because I feel it is of the utmost importance that everyone have an education. Many people today still work in low paying labor jobs, and they may or may not have a high school diploma. Today, more than ever, a high school diploma is just the beginning of education. Many people I know have a high school diploma, and some even have a college diploma and still are not living up to their potential.
Today, when I was reading on another community site, this person talked about not being able to buy a home. She wasn’t able to even buy a mobile home, or even rent a home or an apartment by herself. She said that she could only afford to rent a room out in someone else’s house. That really struck home to me, because the person said she did not have much of an education, and she couldn’t read well.
What this woman said reminded me of myself. At one time I had no education. I had quit school in my senior year and got married. I couldn’t get a decent job. Back then the wages were only $1.85 an hour and I was making a whopping $2 an hour. I thought I was rolling in dough though, because that was my first real job. However, when it came to having to make that paycheck cover living expenses and the bills it didn’t go far at all.
Later on in the late 70s I got my GED and went to nursing school. That was the best thing I ever did. I worked until 1993 when my arthritis became too much to bear and I could no longer work. I live on Social Security Disability payments each month. That doesn’t cover a lot, but I am thankful for it.
In the interim, I went to college and started working on a program in business office technology. I started that in 2003 and I stayed in college until 2005. I didn’t graduate due to some other family problems, but the knowledge I gained from my classes, especially my English classes taught me how to do research papers. It was then that I discovered I had a propensity to write.
My education didn’t land me a find job, but it allowed me the skills to become a freelance writer. I have over 500 published articles, poems and reviews published on Associated Content, and I am a freelance writer for a ghostwriting company in the United Kingdom.
I consider my education to be ongoing, though I am no longer in college, I find every opportunity to educate myself to make myself a better writer. I am now doing what I think I was supposed to do all along.
My work as a nurse has given me much knowledge that I have transformed into medical based articles, both for Associated Content and for the ghostwriting company. I have learned through research much about veterinary medicine, and I’ve written many articles about bird health, equine health, and health of lizards, turtles and snakes.
No, I am not making lots and lots of money, but I do supplement my social security and afford myself a pretty good life. I love being a student of life. I know if I can do it, anyone can improve their way of life with some continuing education. Even though I am not rolling in dough, my work gives me satisfaction, and peace of mind.
Thanks for reading!