Sitting here, typing this, it still seems quite unreal. I’ve made a decision to go back to study, after a gap of a few years, and in the case of my undergraduate degree, nearly two decades. You see, last year, when I was recovering from the operation I had, and was experiencing a rather extreme reaction to the anaesthetic, I had a lightbulb moment.
Laying there, while nurses hovered, medicated, got Doctors on the phone and kept asking each other what else they could try, I thought when I get through this, for in my mind I would, then I was going to invest some time in me. So as we surfed through that time, me and the nurses, and the doctors, I held onto this dream.
And now, here I am, making that dream happen.
Back when I was in high school, at the age of sixteen, I did work experience in the local library. And loved it. Absolutely adored it. And then things changed, my Mother spoke to me about finding a good solid job, and so off I went and studied Accountancy. At the end of my Accountancy degree I did do some work in an Archives too, temporary work filling in for the Assistant Archivist, piecemeal work to make the ends meet while I looked for a full-time job, and I loved that too. There’s something about collections, that just makes my heart sing that little bit louder. But I still ignored this little voice.
Now don’t get me wrong, Accountancy is a fine area of study, but for me, it just wasn’t stretching me. And though I love Supply Chains and Logistics, where I eventually landed, leaping away from the true Accountancy world and into all the excitement of getting equipment shipped around the world under unbelievable time frames. I still harboured deep within me, the love of books, and also the love of collections.
And so this year, I applied and have been accepted, into a distance education course. So I get to walk my son to and from school, but also have the flexibility to study in the between times, to fulfil that small urge within myself.
So twenty-four years later, I’m listening to what I want to do, and actually going to pursue something, not for how stable the income will be, or what chances of employment I will have, but something purely for my intellectual curiosity. If I’m fortunate enough to find a role afterwards then so be it, if I can’t I always fall back on my standbys Accountancy, Supply Chain Management, or even procurement.
So come along for this marvellous ride, and we’ll see where I end up.