My high school career was not what anyone would call productive, seeing as though I dropped out in the 11th grade, earned a wopping 11 credits(5 of which I earned through a GED). Truthfully I spent most of my days skipping classes, smoking pot, day drinking, and sneaking off with the boyfriend of the moment. How I managed to earn the credits I did is a miracle, how my school managed to let me slide into the next grade having never attended says a lot about our educational system.
I received my GED in the 11th grade and never looked back. I feel fortunate that the women in my family instilled a passion for reading, I still to this day read 4 to 5 books a month, I read everything, fiction, medical journals, articles, how to books, home improvement, poetry, biographies, you name it, I’ll read it. Ask me a time table though and it takes me awhile, my brain doesn’t math.
In retrospect, sure, I should have gone, yes, I would do it differently, but I don’t think that is the same thing as regret. I have no regrets. I met my husband when I was 14 years old and had I gone to school we never would have ended up together. He is a badass, a fantastic human, and a wonderful father, and I know a lot of people who say their partner is their best friend, and once in awhile it might even be true, in my case he really is. I have no regrets.
So I’m uneducated as far as schooling is concerned. Something a few people in my life have revelled in throwing at me over and over. Those people can rot.
Let me suggest that lack of a school education doesn’t have to mean you are just stuck with a certain level of intelligence. Ignorance and stupidity is a full on choice, period.
There are people who will try their damndest to convince others that only the people who have completed our bankrupt educational system are intelligent. Bullshit. You get to choose if you’re going to be informed, well read, articulate, witty, open minded, willing to learn, passionate about exploring how far your brain can go, and no amount of education decides your level of learning.
I am certainly not saying that I am the brightest bulb in the box, but when I did become a high school drop out and become a wife and mother rather than work, I made the conscious decision to learn about everything I could get my hands on. I will never stop reading, I will never stop learning. Ignorance is no excuse. Pick up a book, and for God’s sake don’t be a victim, and women don’t ever feel like you have to dumb yourself down for a man because you think being smart, outspoken, and intelligent is intimidating.
I have so much to learn, so much more to study, so much to read, the most painful thing in my life is knowing that I’m probably going to die before I can read all the books I want to.
I’m no authority, and I’m not even saying I am smart, what I am saying is don’t ever belittle yourself because of educational circumstances, whether you created them or not, you can always learn, you can always look thing up, Google is amazing. Using a dictionary while I write this to try to spell everything right is learning. Never stop stuffing that giant neverending brain with cool stuff, it won’t get full, ever.