Ali is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Finding out I passed BEC last week was bittersweet.
I actually forgot to check my score on score release day. My father had an accident at home a few days before, and passed away just after midnight on the day scores were to be released.
The day after score release, I was sitting in the funeral home with my sisters, planning our father’s funeral, when I suddenly remembered to check my score. In the midst of an incredibly difficult, tearful time of my life, for just a moment my sisters and I laughed and exchanged high fives to celebrate my accomplishment. The funeral director even gave me a high five.
Though I wish I could have had a hug from my father to celebrate, I know he was proud and celebrating with me, too.
After taking BEC, I decided to take a mental break before studying for REG. I was hoping to start studying again after my BEC score was released, ten days after my exam date, but needless to say, I still haven’t started.
I go back to work tomorrow, and am traveling out of state for a duathlon this weekend. I plan to start studying for REG next week when my life starts to settle down again. It’s motivating to know that I’m finally halfway through this journey, and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting a little brighter.
This has been a sobering reminder of how life can suddenly interrupt even the best of plans. Sometimes, we just need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and finish what we started. And sometimes, we really do need to take a break, recharge, reevaluate, and focus on what matters the most.