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Memoirs of a Nobody by Jane Doe Chapter 3

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I went to school the same as anyone else. I was neither the honor student nor the class dummy, both of whom received much notice. I tried to achieve both positions, of course. However, my brain refused to cooperate so there was no way I could be at the top of my class. In my other attempt, I stopped studying but found the tests were to be all multiple choice and I inadvertently got enough answers right to pass. I was a failure even at failing!
I graduated from high school as a face in the crowd. But I clung to my diploma as my ticket to somewhere. I decided to further my education by becoming a nurse. Now everyone knows that a nurse is somebody so I was sure my life had taken a turn for the better.
Things went along quite well until one day I contacted a fairly rare contagious disease. I wasn’t the only student to get it, nor was I the first, following the usual pattern for a nobody. However, I was the only one to be hospitalized and the end result was that I lost too much lecture time and had to leave school. It was at that moment that the most common ‘nobody trait’, namely pessimism, became firmly imbedded.
I was truly at loose ends, having no idea where or how to begin picking up the pieces of my left to set it on a new course. I had to get a job and took the only thing I knew anything about, hospital work. On the lowest level, of course.
Women’s Lib was unheard of at that time. Therefore, since my attempt at an accepted female career had come to a halt, I began to think in terms of marriage. I had no one in mind, and worse yet, no one had me in mind.

To be continued....
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