Today, I became a doctor; a PhD in Organizational Psychology.
I am still a teenage mother on food stamps; rationing a block of cheese, loaf of bread, peanut butter, and 2 gallons of milk a week.
I am still a high school runaway.
I am still someone who chose the military as a way to give my son a better life and pay for an education.
I am still someone that was reborn through the military and grew up as a confident leader.
I am still a proud Air Force veteran with 5 deployments and countless temporary duties away from my family.
I am still a mom to a 23 year old and a 2 year old.
I am still enjoying an amazing career and focused on making a difference while paying the military back for this life.
Today, I’m the same core person except today I met a goal that I’ve been working toward for 20 years.
Sometimes people look at others and assume (maybe based-on items or possessions) that they’re handed things or that life came easy for them.
I didn’t inherit any money or a chosen path setup by others. I inherited independence and the willingness to take the harder path in life at the potential for a great future. I’m just grateful it actually worked.
I will never forget making the best damned grilled cheese with my bread and cheese ration and it’s still my preference.
– Dr. KP