I was enthralled from the moment I heard her introduction. A romance author who was also a librarian. I’m sure it was about that time that I began to research the possibility of a career in librarianship and learned that there was actually a master’s degree in the field: MLIS–Masters of Library and Information Systems.
Wow! Who would have thought that??? I certainly hadn’t. And although I was an avid reader during my childhood, a profession in librarianship never occurred to me. But sitting there listening to this African-American romance author share her story of working in the library profession while cranking out romance novels, I immediately began to see the possibilities.
However, the procrastinator that resides within me took me on a seven year journey of endless debates.
“Do you really want to go back to school?”
“How much is this program going to cost?”
“Can I get my current employer to reimburse me for tuition for this program?
“Are you sure you want to be a librarian or would you prefer to get a masters in English/Creative writing and become a college professor?”
Seriously…these are the questions I pondered over approximately seven years while scouring my university of interest’s website for program application deadlines, attending informationals, and writing drafts of my personal statement for my application(s).
Nevertheless, in the spring of 2018, I finally stopped playing those games with myself and pressed “submit” on my application for the upcoming fall semester!
As I enter my second semester of classes this month, I must say that I am not regretting the decision to do this.
The experience of living through my husband’s diagnosis of a terminal disease in March 2015 followed by his death in December 2017 delivered a crushing reality that time waits on no one and tomorrow is really not promised. We can keep wanting to do this or wanting to do that but the only person suffering from that is us.
The only time that we have to do what we want to do is today.
My prayer for you today is that on that day that you read this, you are encouraged to make the most of the day. Consider what it is that you’ve been dreaming about and start on it now.
Wishing you the best,
LaCharmine (L.A.) Jefferson