Today’s subject is ‘Your Time’.
I think I’m probably like most women. We’re often too busy looking after everyone else to really take a lot of Me Time. But there was one very special day which was all about me (and several hundred other people all doing the same thing).
I didn’t go to college, I did all of my post-school education after I started work. And in 2003 I decided to enrol with the Open University and do a Bachelor of Science degree. I’d always had a huge interest in physics and astronomy, but didn’t want to tie myself down to a limited number of courses, I wanted to do whatever took my fancy. So I embarked on an Open Degree. Some of the courses I took could have counted towards either a BA or a BSc, some were very specifically BSc oriented.
I treated it as a hobby, fitting it in around my day job, my husband, and looking after his parents and mine who were getting more and more frail. Sadly we lost my husband’s parents along the way, and my Mum became increasingly unwell, until it became apparent that if I didn’t attend my graduation ceremony in 2010, she probably wouldn’t be well enough to come and see me get my BSc.
So in May 2010, the whole family drove down to Portsmouth and joined hundreds of other families celebrating the hard work of their sons, daughters, mums, dads, grans and granddads. The youngest person being awarded their degree that day was 16, and the oldest was over 90.
And apart from my wedding day, it was the proudest day of my life.