CECILY55's Story


"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that! ... until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life." ~~ Rocky Balboa

For the past few years or so I have been aware that I really didn't like my job and what I did to make a living. It paid the bills, but it was just a paycheck: except that it paid more, I might as well work at McDonalds! On paper, my job should have been a rewarding and worthwhile activity--doing something that does something good in the world. The reality was far different: the reality was that my job is nothing more than a placeholder in the system of state government. My job was probably safe--as long as I kept my head down and my office door closed, I could probably stay forever. But that was not me--I can do more and be better than that!

My motto has always been this: if you don't like what's going on in your life, figure out what's wrong and how to change it and then go out and do it. Well, since I did't like what I was doing with my life, I needed to follow my own advice and make a change. So that's just what I decided to do.

In 2010, at the tender age of 60, I decided to change careers from accounting to health care. I applied to medical school (probably a less than 100% effort) because I didn't need any pre-requisite courses for med school. At the same time, I started working on pre-requisite courses for physician assistant (PA) programs and nursing school. (Go figure--I needed LOTS more pre-requisite courses to be a nurse than I did to be a doc.) I didn't get into med school, though I did get an interview. I did get into nursing school which was a total bust: I didn't like the school or the people or anything; when the chance came to make a more-or-less graceful exit, I jumped at it. I applied to PA school, but was told I "wasn't a good fit," meaning I was too old. I took a medical assistant course, but could not get an externship to get my certificate. Medicine just didn't seem to be in my future, and I was pretty discouraged.

On a total whim, at the very end of May, 2013, I sent an email to the University Law School asking about what I needed to do to apply for 2014. Within 5 minutes I got a call back--there was still room in this year's class and I had two days to apply to take the LSAT in June. Still on a whim, I took the test and sent in my application on Friday, July 5; the next Tuesday I got a letter telling me I was accepted! Wow! That meant I had just over a month to split the household (my hubbie had to stay home to take care of his 99 year-old mom), and get me moved 300 miles away to go to law school.

I attended orientation for 2 weeks and just finished my first week of official law school. I must say that it is really exciting and I am have having a great time. The atmosphere is supportive and the faculty is great (not easy, but great), and my brain is getting to exercise its neurons. I guess the motto of this story is that old saw, "When opportunity knocks, answer the door!"

Oh, and by the way, I plan to lose the 20 pounds I gained over the past couple of years! Depression is not the best road to fit-and-slimness.

This is going to be the chronicle of my career-changing adventure....stay tuned for the daily news!