So a few years ago, I decided I wanted to take some classes at the local community college. Because I was trying to get everyone settled here in AZ and then I was dealing with the deployment, I only took online classes.
This fall is the first time in many years that I am taking two classes on campus. I really like it. I’m taking two classes, one on color theory and one on photography. Our first assignment in the color class was a color wheel. That’s mine up there.
Going to school (on campus especially) has been really good for me, for many different reasons.
First, I like having somewhere new to go and I love having something new filling my mind and my days. My adult life has been dominated by child rearing, church and responsibilities relating to the army. It was exactly what I wanted and was happy, that the choice to be home and focus on my family was mine to make. For a few years now though, I have been looking for something new. Something different, something I haven’t done before. Taking these classes has been exactly what I was looking for.
I like having something that is just for me. For a very long time my thoughts and actions have been geared toward others. As I said before, it was my choice and one I would make again. It is so nice, however, to have something that doesn’t have anything to do with the kids or Paul or church or PTA or moving or the army or the neighborhood or anything else. It feels selfish but in a good way.
I also like that the kids are having to be more independent. They know that I’m not going to be around on certain days and that they better remember their lunch/schoolwork/signed papers. They are having to get themselves to and from school and activities too. I think it’s been good for all of us.
Well, I’m happy and thankful that I have choices like this at this time in my life. I’m already looking forward to next quarter and thinking about what classes I want to take then.