Originally Posted by Lord-Barrington
Yeah, but hindsight is 20/20. If I would have known better I might have:
1) Studied my ass of in HS
2) Attended Princeton
3) Studied my ass off at Princeton
4) Rhodes Scholar
6) Clerk for a Supreme Court Justice
7) State Department
But life doesn't work like that, at least not for most of us. Most of us screw up for awhile and then snap out of it one day and try to put something good together that will take us somewhere. That's what I did, and I'm goddamn I'm proud I did it my way. Don't get me wrong, following the above mentioned path may have been more straightforward (even if it demands incredible amounts of work) but I'm proud of myself that I turned my life around, to some extent. It's really been a wonderful and affirming experience, as corny as that sounds.
as I've said I am happy with my station in life right now, and so I was sharing what I realized I should've done back then. in aptitude tests in high school I was among the top scorers, but I chose to put my studies in the backseat and be a fucking screw up, irritating the shit out of my parents who had to be told that I might have to repeat a grade level at one time, and in the end meant me pissing away my potential back then. college also was like that- I chose a degree that I know I'd pass easily, without even considering what to do after school, and pissing away any and all chances of getting a degree in what I know I should be taking.
of course these realizations came long after school, and settled in my present job. but it still bothered me to the point I went out and attended graduate school in my late late 20s after work just for the heck of learning more.