Life changing experiences

When I was 17 my life ambition was to be a pastry chef.  It was my dearest life’s ambition.  I even went as far as to apply to the Le Cordoun Bleu school in Scottsdale, AZ.  I was accepted and I was so excieted to embark on the path to becoming a famous chef.  I wanted to win competitions and maybe even have my own show on the Food Network.  I totally ignored the fact that the cost of the 9 month certificate program was nearly $90,000.  I was young, idealistic, and had no idea the value of an education.  I also didn’t know that there was a community college in St. Paul, MN (200 miles from my home, rather than 1500 miles from my home) that had the same program for a fraction of the cost.  In fact, I have since considered getting that certificate.  I believe it would cost a grand total of $2000.


If you had asked me then, I would have told you that my life was over. I was a fairly dramatic 17-year-old. I didn’t know what I was going to do.  I knew I wanted to go to college, so I just kept taking classes and now I’m finally figuring out what I’m doing and where I want to go.  Maybe fame and fortune are still within reach.  And maybe, just maybe, my dreams will be able to make a difference for someone else.
I can imagine that had I gone to Le Courdon Bleu my life would be a lot like Big Dan’s.  Working in a diner, living vicariously through others, and crippled with the knowledge that I could do better. In short, that car accident is possibly the best thing that ever happened to me.  Now I’m making my own dreams, walking through life with people I love (and who love me), excited about the future.

2 thoughts on “Life changing experiences

  1. I don’t know if the Bible is your thing, but even if you’re not Christian, it’s a great work of literature, and there’s a verse I read today that this story reminds me of: “May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!” Psalm 126:5

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