You don't have to enroll in a doctoral program to get your brain in gear. Take a class in anything that tickles your fancy—cake decorating, music lessons, nuclear physics—whatever floats your mental boat. If all you're after is a little "brainercise" it doesn't matter what you learn, as long as it's different from your normal routine.

Of course, if you want to go down a degree path, why not? So what if your friends and family tell you an advanced degree in ancient Sanskrit is "useless." We just proved that it's not—it's exercising your brain. Who cares if you'll be ninety-seven when you graduate? Barring the Lord's return or your untimely demise, you'll eventually be ninety-seven anyway—you might as well be ninety-seven with a degree. Do it because you want to. Do it because you think it's a skill worth having. Your "crazy" idea may be part of God's plan for your exciting new future.

Not convinced? Ponder this:  shortly after World War II, a bored American housewife living in Paris decided she needed to find something to do and hit upon the idea of going to culinary school. It was just something to pass the time, really, and pick up some skills she could use at home. Julia Child never dreamed her decision to go to school would change her life—and the eating habits of an entire nation—forever.

Only God knows what your return to school could lead to … and there's only one way to find out. See you in class!

Susan Ellingburg is a natural-born Texan who sings at every opportunity, reads as much as possible, and cherishes every day she gets to spend with friends.  She's a serious foodie and not-so-serious gardener who is determined not to let being single stand in the way of living an amazing life.  Read Susan's blog at