Too Old For a Change?

Too Old For a Change?

By: Jeff Aubert

I was recently pondering my current educational process and my eventual goal to become a marriage and family therapist.  With any luck, I will be graduating next year with a bachelor’s degree in human services.  I hope to proceed to graduate school in the fall of 2013.  I figured that I would be 52 years old when I graduate next year.  Another three years of graduate school, along with a one-year internship puts me at age 56 by the time I get to practice therapy for a living.  At times, I have wondered whether all the time and expense will be worth it for just a 10 to 15 year career in the field.  Fortunately, I came across the following:

While researching mental health Issues on the internet, I ran across this November 2011 article about a 102-year-old woman still practicing therapy.  Hedda Bulgar still sees patients four days a week, and lectures students at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, an institute Bulgar co-founded in 1970 (Persch, 2011).  The article goes on to explain how rich and full Hedda’s life has been, and continues to be.  She has hundreds of friends and colleagues and continues to thrive and connect with experiences and the world around her.

So maybe I am not that old.  My father still works at age 72 and I always thought it was because he had poor retirement planning.  In a recent conversation with him, I found out that he works because it keeps him connected with people and makes him feel alive and useful.  His work has taken him to Hawaii on numerous occasions where he learned to snorkel.  He is still in good health and even snow skis throughout the winter.  Therefore, who knows how long I might work.  I think I will stay the course and not worry so much about the future and timelines of my life.  These thoughts tent to ruin my day and take me out of the moment.  In reality, my life, including my educational process, is an enriching and fulfilling experience.

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