the power of proud

‘How will you afford it?’ ‘Are you giving up your career?’ It took me 3 years to take a chance. I’m sad I was so surprised.’: Mom realizes the power ‘I’m proud of you’ had on her as she faced difficult decision

“It took me 3 years to take a chance and take a year leave of absence. Three years of planning, asking opinions, making budgets, obsessing. When I put in my leave, I expected to hear, ‘how can you let the students down,’ ‘how will you afford it,’ ‘are you giving up your career,’ ‘have you really thought about this?’ Trust me, I did hear all of those comments and then some, but what really stuck with me were the unexpected responses.”

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