That sucks to hear, doesn’t it?
You may be looking to change your career or get a better education. Yet many prejudices are getting in the way. People tell you you’re too old to start over. They tell you you’re too busy and have other priorities. You might even tell yourself that. Society wants you to fit in its perfect mold and give you age limits on what you can and cannot achieve.
What if you’ve had kids, have existing debt, and feel you need to be smarter to get good grades? What makes you think you could succeed? What makes you any different than every other person like you? You might not have the same problems, but they might be similar enough. Chasing after kids and prepping lunches, you’re tired, overwhelmed, and overworked. You might put money aside and worry it’s not enough. Add a dash of social anxiety, and it’s the usual daily grind.
The kicker? No one cares. Everyone else has their problems. Nobody’s got time for yours, so no one wants to hear about it. Why should they care if you’re looking to improve your life? It’s your life, not theirs.
Do you have an answer to that? You might not. Ask yourself again, are you too old to start over? It’s an endless cycle of the same problems and situations over and over.
So you’ve stumbled onto this post looking for an answer. Will you find it here?
Maybe, and maybe not.
Sometimes you need to understand the negatives to become something better.
Do you notice any of these in yourself?
We’ll be honest. We can’t tell you if you’re too old to start over and make a change. That decision remains yours alone.
Here’s some of what our graduates had to say about returning to school later in life:
“I never thought I would go back to school at 52 years old!! The accomplishment of graduating with Merit from this program has instilled a sense of pride and built up my confidence level. I feel now like there isn’t anything I can’t do.” Jodene, 2022 Graduate.
“I am a 40-something adult learner looking to simplify my life…Like anything in life that is worth doing, it took a lot of work and discipline, but it was worth it. I learned so much along the way, not just about transcription but about myself.” Susan, 2021 Graduate.
“Going back to college in my 30s has made me realize that it is never too late to change careers!” Ainsley, 2022 Graduate.
Here’s an added dose of hope for you: there’s no such thing as “starting over.” It’s more about creating yourself. It doesn’t matter how old you get. You can always learn something new. As you do, you add a little bit of happiness to your life. There is no age limit to building things into your life that you enjoy.
You’re not starting over. You’re building anew on top of the foundation you’ve already made. With some dedication, you can change your career and goals into something you are proud of. You can get to a place where questions like “Am I too old to start over?” no longer holds any weight.