Prompt – Writers Quote Challenge

Bernadette, Joan, and I invite you to join in on our blogging event called The Writer’s Quote Challenge.  We are looking for one more host/hostess to join in the fun.  So if you would like to pick up the challenge of hosting, just let one of us know.invitation-shel-silverstein

For this week’s prompt, here’s my offering:

The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking. Robert H Schuller

Never let the sun set on those dreams

even in the twilight of your days,

rather, let the moon shine on them,

casting them into beautiful pearls;

for your vintage collection.

I had a conversation last week with a friend who’s clocking 50 next month and during our talk, she expressed some disappointment for not having pursued her academics a bit further.

Now she just feels that she’s too old (especially back home in Nigeria) where she laughingly said that she would probably end up being the grandma of the class of young adults.

I told her that if she really wanted to do so, irrespective of age, she should go ahead and find something suitable to do at her own pace, after all, she’s not in competition with anyone.

Besides, the older she gets the more likely it is that her regrets will grow deeper.

I ruminated over this conversation for several days because as I spoke to her, my mind centered on some aspirations of mine that have been in the cooler for a bit due to family exigencies.

Am I ready to toss them over because I feel that I’m getting too old to go back to school? I don’t think so.

Those dreams that are within our reach should not be left to die irrespective of age because age is simply a convenient and lame excuse.

I look forward to reading your contributions.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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24 thoughts on “Prompt – Writers Quote Challenge

  1. Jackie,
    Thanks for this post. I am going there myself- 48 this year. But I have a lot of dreams in the cooler. One of them is my academics and I am going to pursue it if God is with me. I am not able to get an answer to my prayer about whether I should do it but my dream tells me I must.
    Susie

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  2. I went back to school when I was 36 and graduated with honors from Marymount Manhattan College at age 42. During that period I also made the Dean’s List even though my Dad had passed away before I started school and my Mother died while I was in school. Even though my parents never lived to see my walk across the stage to receive my hard earned diploma I’m sure they were proud of me and bragging on me in Heaven. At that time I was working full-time yet I attended classes after work and on weekends. I achieved my goal! Trust me if you truly want something in life whether if be education or a career you can do it!! Next month I will be 58 and I still have the ability to learn new skills required for my current job just as well if not better than my co-workers who are in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

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  3. I hope your friend does pursue her academic dreams. I went to university for the FIRST time, when I was in my 40’s and now I’m in Graduate School…and I’m 53!! Perhaps she could look into online/distance learning courses. You can be just about anything you want, these days, and never have to leave the comfort of your own home 🙂

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    • I love hearing stuff like this. It simply lights up my heart. I totally agree with you and indeed I mentioned that there are options she could look into. I hope her desires are strong enough to push her not to relent. We should just not give up when we have options. Thank you 🙂

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  4. I really hope that you AND your friend go for those dreams, whether it is school or job or something else. You are NEVER too old to \try. I went back to college when I couldn’t help my child with his math homework. I was ashamed that I didn’t understand the math. I graduated from a two year college in 8 months with a 3.9 (out of 4.0) grade average and went on to a university. I graduated after eight years. I was holding down two jobs and raising children while the husband was deployed. Going back to school validates something in us, especially we older students. We work harder because it actually means something to us and we tend to excel. I am taking a couple of college courses right now, at age 62. And the professors are all about the age of my grand children. They LOVE having older or mature adults as their students.

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  5. Jacque, I believe that each person was born with urges built in my God that guides them in their purpose on earth. Therefore, if the “urges” remain, it is not too late. God acts to fulfill his purpose in us. Phil. 2:13

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    • You are more than qualified my dear Oneta. Just send me your email address so that we can share the timetable with you. You’ll be doing one quote a month except something changes. Good to have you on board. Thank you 🙂

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  6. you gave her the right suggestion, I completed my graduation very late, I screwed up few precious academic years by my own stupidity, but I resumed, I was so scared that I will be the old fossil there, but there were much older men there, one I clearly remember was at least fifty, he looked older than all our professors.

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  7. You’re never too old to learn! That’s great advice you’ve given. I teach writing courses at a local community college, my very wise student was 67 and English was her second language. If you have a passion for accomplishing your education, I promise a teacher out there will root for you!

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