Some time back I was asked to list eight things I wish I had known in college. My friend Damien, at Riley Central, for some reason thought I’d have something to share about that. I’ve been avoiding answering, because I hated to have to admit that I was in college for a very long time. Now, I had legitimate excuses for that: I was married, working, taking care of a house, and having a family. Still, I’m pretty mortified that I was able to stretch a four year degree over thirteen years! Yet, I finally got my B.S. degree.
My nephew, Steve, had some commentary on that. He said, “Aunt Shelly, if they had known you, they would have given you a degree in B.S.” Ahem.
Because I was older and in college for so long, it’s been hard to determine what I “didn’t know.” And, I’ve listed Eight Things I Know AND the advice my Daddy gave me. I’m not sure I have much more wisdom, and find it humorous that Damien would think so. But for you, Damien, I’ll give this a shot:
1) I was pretty smart in that, when I was doing poorly in a class I simply dropped it. I either took it later or changed my degree plan! While that assured that I would graduate Summa Cum Laude, it also left me with a degree that is pretty darned worthless. I wish I had known that. Then, my degree wouldn’t be hanging in the laundry room waiting for me to need a paper towel.
2) I had no clue how transient life is. I wish I had, because I would have taken even longer to get that degree so that I could have spent more time with the people I loved who are gone.
3) I wish I had known that all those clothes I gave to Goodwill were going to come back in style some day. I’m buying the same thing I wore then, but paying premium prices because it is “vintage.”
4) If I had only known how much I would be using the computer, I would have listened when my (then) eleven year old son tried to teach me how to program. I didn’t think I could do it, anyway. I wish I had known otherwise!
5) I’d have done a lot more dancing back then, if I had known I would have arthritis.
6) Like all well-bred Southern girls of my day, I was brought up knowing that there were “expectations” about how a young woman should live her life and what she should do. I wish I had known that it was my life, and my choice. Or, that I had been brave enough to make my own choices. My “wild side” would have come out a lot sooner. It’s probably good that it didn’t; I’d have a tattoo on my rear or something.
7) I didn’t know that I was supposed to have been born a red-head! Folks ask me, “Is that your real hair color?” I tell ’em, “Yep. It’s the color God gave me.” I don’t ever tell ’em that God put it in a bottle. Don’t y’all tell ’em either!
8) I wish I had known that I was not going to win the lottery, because I could have saved a lot of money on those tickets.
Now, technically I think I’m supposed to tag people to answer this, but I don’t enjoy tagging people very much. Sometimes they don’t want to answer the questions, and sometimes they have already been tagged. Since I delayed in answering, that’s very likely! If you would like to answer this question in a post, write it and come comment. I’ll be happy to link you right here so that others can share your wisdom!