Two years ago I lost my best friend to cancer. She was only 40 years old. I could go on and on about what a tragedy it is – and it is – but ultimately I can just imagine her saying, “oh, get on with it.” And that’s what I learned from her. We are not guaranteed all the time in the world and so we might as well get on with it; do those things we want to do now because there may not be a tomorrow. My friend truly lived her life this way and while it is horrendous that she should be taken from all of us at such a young age at least she knew that she always did want she wanted to do and never hesitated for a moment to live life to the fullest. It’s a trite expression but it makes sense in these kinds of circumstances.

I chose to learn something from the whole experience and I immediately set to work doing those things that I had put off for far too long. The big one was going back to school. It sounded noble in theory. But it was only ever an idea in my head that didn’t seem to translate on paper. I wanted to go back to get my MBA but with so much going on in my life and the inability to juggle the things that were already on my plate I could not imagine how I would be able to fit one more thing into my schedule – especially something this big.

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Ultimately the online MBA was my answer to this big question. There was no need to physically juggle the logistics of going back to school when online degree programs were available. Now there were no more excuses and I had to really, truly, get on with it.