A few weeks ago, my daughter told me the idea of committing to one college for four years is scary - it's too long to commit to anything. She's sixteen. Four years is 1/4 of her life. I advised her to think of it as only one year-long commitment. At the end of every school year before you sign that housing contract, you have to make another decision that really only lasts one more year. If she lives at home, she can take it 12 or 16 weeks at a time, semester by semester.
For me, four years is nothing. I had a baby four years ago - and he's not a baby anymore. I hurt my foot three years ago - it seems like yesterday. I'm forty-four years old. I've done four years eleven times.
Yesterday, I set a four year plan for myself that I'm very happy with. I applied to graduate school, something I've been wanting to do since I was twenty-one. I've been looking for a program on and off over the years, but never found one that I could work into my life. Two years ago, I was accepted into a program, but I had to drop out when it turned out my foot wasn't going to heal that quickly. I couldn't drive to campus - and I couldn't walk up the hill to class or up the stairs.
Now I'm walking better. I found a program that has classes in the evenings - the one-night-a-week variety. I can (and need to) leave my house one night a week.
I'm only going to go part-time (maybe only one night a week) at first and see how my body reacts. The campus is cement - literally - even the walls of all the buildings are cement. I don't walk well on cement - my sciatic nerve starts spazzing. I'm hoping I can tolerate it one night a week. I have nine months to get myself in shape, which I think will help my foot.
In four years - just four years - I could have all of my previous novels edited (I have a need to do this NOW before I start classes) and maybe even published, have my next five historical novels completed or near-completion with historical accuracy, and have a part-time teaching gig at a local community college doing work I know I will love.
I'm so happy!