While I have been on a self-imposed bed rest after a knee injury 2 1/2 weeks ago. I have been thinking about things when I could no longer tolerate reading.
Have you ever thought about how much education you have acquired or achieved since adulthood?
I would safely wager between the Air Force educating me in: how to be a solider, how to do my jobs, OJT in safety, plus all the extra professionalization courses for 20 years -- my brain was given around 500K+ in military (managerial) training.
Now this does not include all my college courses of which I have around 60 or more full 3 hr classes for a bargin rate of 150K. Now this is not counting all the materials I have used to self-teach and fill my gray mater sponge through: reading, research, and exploring the world, 1000s of books, videos, actual visits to learning institutions, volunteer work and trial / error . I would wager my brain (& yours) has had access to over 1 million USD in information, education, training, and maintenance. AMAZING THOUGHT RIGHT?
So why is it folks assume a Stay At Home Mother (SAHM) has not attained an education equal or greater than that of a college professor? I am consistently amazed at my own family assuming my life has not been fulfilled because I have not become a PAID public school teacher. Mind you, I have done and achieved all that I said I wanted to be as a child.
I am currently home schooling two very bright and happy sons.
I have learned how to take care of animals through our farm life.
20 yrs on active duty
I feel sucessful because I am happy. I may never have a fancy house yet, I have the best life can offer; my family. I know it may be hard to parlay this into my extended family's brain because some folks can not see themselves off the rut in the road they are traveling. I am so grateful to have my husband and children. I am grateful for all I was able to achieve in the Air Force. I am so blessed to know it is not the size of my paycheck that gives me peace but, the faces of my menfolk with their sleepy faces each morning -- knowing they are my gifts.
I also want to recognize my husband. Though I was told about 'lazy Mexicans' years and years ago. My heart, you are the hardest working and smartest man I know.
Much love and peace to all;
In your slices of heaven,