Testy

It has been a week and a half since I took the GED test, and to be perfectly honest, I haven’t felt antsy while waiting for the results at all. I knew I had done my best, that it was out of my hands, and that I had a 3-4 week wait ahead of me…

Except….

Yesterday afternoon I stopped by our mailbox on the way to get some groceries and pulled out an envelope from the college at which I took the test. I blinked at it for a few moments, convinced it was just a “thank-you” letter, or a confirmation that they’d sent my results, or something like that. I carefully opened the envelope and peeked inside. I saw the words “Official GED Test Results” and my breath caught in my throat.

My results. Damn.. That was fast.

I took a deep breath, pulled the paper from the envelope and stared at it for a few seconds. I closed my eyes and slowly opened the tri-folded document. Cringing, I opened my eyes and searched for the mark that would tell me if I’d passed or not. My eyes fell on two little boxes that read: Passed, Not Passed.

My X was in the Passed box.

I PASSED. I did it!

I started laughing and did a little car dance (you know, when you want to dance when you’re in the car but you can’t really dance because you’re sitting down so you just sort of wiggle and flail your arms? No? Just me? Okay then). I abandoned my plans to grocery shop and instead, went out for a celebratory dinner with my family.

It’s a strange feeling, knowing that this big, intimidating thing that I’ve been avoiding for eleven years is now behind me. I’ve already scheduled my next step; a meeting with an adult education program to begin filling out financial aid paperwork so I can look into enrolling in college – maybe as early as this coming Spring.

Thank you all for your support. It has meant the world to me. You all have been my cheerleaders, and every single word of encouragement has boosted my confidence and made me smile. Thank you.