I have never been shy about how much I work, nor have I ever been shy about how much I work in addition to going to night school.
Tonight, I ran into a classmate who questioned why I worked so much. Was it “a lifestyle choice,” am I “just not good with money?” These were just two of the questions that the classmate posed; a classmate who I should add that I have known casually for a year or so now. And this is where the storytelling of my conversation with the classmate stops.
I have worked very hard to get to the place where I am today, and I have every intention of working harder past this point.
I have plans. I have always had plans. Those of you who know me—family, friends, co-workers, classmates, and acquaintances—know that I have made and set plans for myself. You know that I have accomplished many of those plans (goals is also a good word for the ‘plans’ that I have made), and that I have many more goals and plans set for my future that I hope to accomplish.
I have never been shy about where I grew up, how I was raised, and where I came from. Nor have ever I been shy about what I have learned from my past. Tonight I was made to feel differently about my decision to work multiple jobs in addition to going to school (as I have done for the past 12 years) and I did not appreciate it. With this post I am choosing to say something about it.
My initial purpose for writing this down changed midway through, and now I just want to say thank you.
Thank you to those of you who have been supportive of the decisions I have made in my life.
Thank you for standing by me during the times when we don’t speak or see one another due to the hectic schedule that I keep.
Thank you for understanding me.
Than you for believing in me.
Your support will continue to, as it has always, push me and help me to believe in myself.
Ashley Miriam Crowl