As a teenager I tended to stop when things got a bit too tough. (thus the algebra fiasco).
I entered adulthood with the idea that I was a "quitter" (an idea re inforced to me by my parents)
This thought process keeps going through my mind as I prepare to go back to school. "I can't do this, I'm a quitter"
I'm having to fight these thoughts about every other minute.
It occured to me today that maybe I should make a list of things I've accomplished that I can refer back to. I've not written this out yet, so I'm going do it right here:
1) I have been married for over 20 years.
2) I have raised/almost raised two terrific boys.
3) I worked very hard to complete 418 of 450 sweat equity hours to build a house through Habitat For Humanity for my family. When political DRAMA got in the way, I carefully, and quietly, calmly stayed the battle to ensure what my family needed was kept in place. When the building finally took place (11 months after finishing my sweat equity) I put in an additional 80 hours alongside my family to help build my house!
4) I wrote and had a book published.
5) I entered Nanowrimo and wrote non fiction for the first time in 30 years and completed a 50,000 word novela in November of 2008.