By Amanda Carlson, Contributing Editor
There was no midlife crisis for Bonnie Ramirez. There was, however, a midlife mancipation. Itdidn’tinvolvepurchasing
a new car, getting a facelift, or updating her wardrobe. Instead it was a celebration of finding herself
after devoting much of her youth to raising a family by herself and assuming all the responsibilities
that came with being mom, dad, and sole breadwinner rolled up into one person.
In her midlife emancipation, Ramirez left her job
as a contractor and enrolled in welding classes, and
by extension tapped into a previously unknown metal art talent and desire to teach welding to others.
It’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
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Spend five minutes talking to Ramirez and she’ll either captivate you with her boundless enthusiasm,
have you hunched over in laughter, or engage you in
colorful banter that will leave you thoroughly entertained. She’s the type of person who has never met
a stranger and has never had time to doubt herself
or believe anything is too difficult to master.
In her earlier years Ramirez was a single mom
who had no problem working jobs that earned a
“man’s” wage. She had her first child three weeks
before she graduated from high school and lived the
life of a much older person—one in which she didn’t
have the luxury of putting herself first.
By her early 40s her children had grown up and
were having children of their own, leaving Ramirez
with a golden opportunity to begin exploring what it
was she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
“The age itself might not sound old, but I had already raised a family by myself and had grandkids.
degree,” Ramirez said.