Have you ever seen the movie The Ref? It's what I consider a good bad movie, if you know what I mean. The story goes that Lloyd and Caroline, a couple on the brink of divorce, are held hostage by a thief trying to evade the police on Christmas Eve. The hostage situation is disguised in an elaborate charade that simultaneously gets Lloyd and Caroline to work through their issues and of course results in much hilarity.
At one point in the film, Lloyd criticizes Caroline for not following through on anything. She signs up for classes she doesn't finish; she gets a wild hair to prepare Christmas dinner according to some bizarre Scandinavian myth. Apparently, she's aimless and never satisfied with her life.
Sound like someone you know? That's it; I'm Caroline. See, I look at her character, and I'm like, Doesn't everyone make their Christmas dinner guests wear wreaths and lighted candles on their heads?
Off and on since the divorce, I've considered going back to school. I always end up talking myself out of a full-on degree program because I feel like an M.A. should be enough, damn it. And yes, I can make things work, but everything has felt so forced, and I don't think my life is sustainable.
Maybe I'm just being a little too Caroline here, but I'm considering enrolling in a certificate program at my community college. At the beginning of the year, I decided to invest in myself a little, and I think that's a good decision. Obviously, a certificate wouldn't be as intensive or resume-boosting as another bachelor's or master's, but it would give me a place to start, and regardless of any resulting job, I kind of just want to learn more stuff. Also, going to school where I work would keep things simple. These certificates would likely take me about three semesters to complete.
I'm considering these certificates:
Human Services - It appears these classes offer an overview of and a foundation for social work. Classes range from child development to alcohol and drug studies to healthy living and aging. That last part is something that I think I could get into, especially around this area with a large 55+ population. Combined with the online grant-writing courses I'm taking, this could be a good recipe for success in a nonprofit organization.
Ornamental Horticulture - Let me preface this by saying that since I was a teenager working for the first time, I've always had a fantasy of working in a nursery, outside, getting dirty all day long (if I could wear overalls to work every day, I could die happy). These classes focus a lot on native plants, water conservation, and organic gardening while providing a foundation in botany as it pertains to gardening and landscaping.
Fitness Instructor Training - This seems logical, but although the certificate in the end would be helpful, I don't think I'd enjoy the coursework that much. I've certainly considered making fitness my career, and I like the idea of helping people develop healthy respect for their bodies, but I suspect I enjoy fitness more as a side job or as recreation.
There it is. What do you think? Is this just Caroline talking or do you think one of these plans could actually work? Do you know anyone in these fields?