For the past about five days, I have been reading my daughter’s Meg Cabot paper back omnibus Size 12 is not Fat and size 14 is not fat either.
I have seen this book many times in the bookstore section of my local Tuskys supermarket but always dismissed it as one of those ‘love yourself’ self help books and since I love plump me, I never once gave the book a peek. How wrong I was! No wonder it is said “Never judge a book by it’s cover”. because it infact is a detective-ish/mystery series like one of those Nancy Drew and Famous five I used to read in my teenage years, though the star is not a real detective but Heather Wells, who used to be a teen pop sensation until her label dropped her, she walked out on her famous ex – Jordan Cartwright and moved in with his brother Cooper who sees her in a sisterly sort of way thought she secretly wants more, she’s found a job in a freshman dorm at New York College’s Fischer Hall as an assistant residence director and soon students are dying at an alarming rate and Fischer Hall is nicknamed Death Dorm, she wants to get to the bottom of it. I don’t want to preempt, it’s an interesting read.
One of the reasons I enjoyed the book is because of Heather’s dedication to achieve her dream of getting her BA degree despite all the odds stacked against her, and her age compared to rest of the students especially in her dorm.
It kinda reminds me of me, here I am at 28 (same age as Heather, FYI) studying Journalism, the degree of my dream.
I have been to college before, studied computer science and graduated in 2004 at 22, but that course was not what I wanted to do in life. Nobody forced me to do it but the 8-4-4 system of education is primary-secondary-tertiary and when I couldn’t get into journalism in the year 2000, I did what was available. I look back and wish I’d been more headstrong like my friend whose mind was set on Law and when she got an admission letter to study home economics at Kenyatta University, she declined because that’s not what she wanted. Three years later she was in Uni doing Law! and now she’s a big shot advocate of the High Court.
I should have taken another gap year also or two, but I didn’t and now there’s no use of crying over spilled milk. I am no longer a passive young adult anymore, I am the Captain of my life and I have taken charge, I am finally doing a degree i have an immense passion and love for, and that’s what matters!
Ever heard, seen or read about Dr. Barbara Young? She is a world renown life empowerment and motivational speaker on personal growth, development and leadership. She got her first degree at the age of 37.
Many people have done great things their age irrespective:
- Coco Chanel was thirty-eight when she introduced her perfume Chanel No. 5.
- Mother Teresa was forty when she founded the Missionaries of Charity.
- Dom Perignon was sixty when he produced his first champagne.
- Winston Churchill was sixty-five when he became Britain’s prime minister.
- Nelson Mandela was seventy-one when he was released from a South African prison, and seventy-five when he was elected president.
- Michelangelo was seventy-two when he designed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.