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Yesterday Judy, a friend who is in her 50’s, declared:
I don’t want THIS, my job as a retail store manager, to be my life’s legacy. I’d love to go back to school and become a nurse, but it’s just too late!
No, it’s not too late to go back to school! It can feel too late, but in reality, the only thing stopping you is you. Instead of beating yourself up — free yourself to dream and think about what you’d really like to do.
Do research and make a plan.
How long will it take to finish nursing school? How difficult is it to get in? What scholarships and financial aid are available? How can you change your life to accommodate the added expense and decreased income during schooling?
What are you willing to give up to make it happen? Sleep? Eating out whenever you like? Good wine?
Let’s say Judy does go back to school. It takes her 5 years part-time to finish. At 57 years old she’s a new nurse. Her life and work experience to date will serve her well. She’s a marathon runner and in great physical shape. She can handle the requirements of her new career. She loves it!
Is all that supposed to change when she turns 65? Is she then supposed to look fondly at the La-Z-Boy?