Life is always about choices. The ones you make, the ones you allow yourself to make and also the ones that you convince yourself that you can't.
You can only be restricted in your choices if you allow in other factors. Such as what other people think. If you allow other people's influences and judgement into your choices, then it becomes more about what they want and think than you.
When I started a degree through the Open University last year, it was a snap decision. I was still trying to figure things out within myself and I thought doing a degree might be interesting to do. What I didn't think about was how much of a commitment I was making and the reasons behind it.
I chose to work at a 25% rate given that I work full time and still wanted a life and other interests. Adding that up to the honours degree I had chosen equated to the next fourteen years of my life. Going into it I couldn't say if I wanted a change of career at the end of it. I basically drifted into it.
This week, after being on the course six months, I sat myself down and asked myself some questions. Questions that had been in my head for weeks, but I'd ignored. Why had I ignored them? Because I didn't want to be called a quitter.
Are you ready to commit yourself for 14 years on this?
Do you actually plan to change career?
Honestly, no. I'm not career driven, never have been. I chose it for interest.
Is there anything you want more than this?
Yes. I want to give the blog more of a go. I want to try and expand on the writing side, and not just on the blog. I may not be any form of Shakespeare, but I truly love it and it makes me happy.
I asked myself those questions and there was my answer. I've withdrawn from the degree.
Will some call me a quitter? Probably. Was it too hard? No. I was maintaining a First after all. Will I regret my decision. No, I don't think I will. I would have regretted more if I was still having the same thoughts two years later and still hadn't done anything about it.
Some people are about education, some about fun, some are about their careers, some are about the life outside of what. Further education isn't for me. I've made my choice.