Hi there. I’m a little nervous about writing this post as I so desperately want it to come across in the right way. I want it to be an encouragement to someone out there. I’d love it to speak to someone, to inspire someone, motivate someone. I’d love it if at the end of it someone thought, “I’m gonna give it a go”, “I WILL do it after all”, “Maybe I could do something like that?”
On 30th January I will have left work 5 years. Yip FIVE years. I cannot believe it. It has flown by, totally flown. But 5 years is a long time. A long time for my brain to have not really been stretched. Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t for one minute want to undermine the work of a mummy. We do a LOT of thinking and problem solving and decision-making every single day. But it had been a long time from my brain had done anything outside the realm of mummyhood!
I had wanted to ‘do’ something for a while and when the opportunity to take a 10 week course at Union college at Belfast came along I was very excited! That excitement did quickly turn to nerves though as, when reading the finer details, I discovered there was in fact an assignment which would be marked and graded and that you could in fact fail….yikes!
The course was in Children’s Ministry and involved a 2 hour per week for 10 weeks commitment on a Monday night. And I have to say I really loved it! I enjoyed having another purpose again, I enjoyed the social aspect of it and I really LOVED the reading involved in the course and the topics that were covered. I enjoyed learning and being challenged in new ways. It was great.
Each week we had reading to do and 300 words to write to reflect upon that reading. And then at the end we had to submit a 1000 word assignment relating to the course. It was to be an academic piece of writing with a marking scheme, I had to write an introduction, conclusion, reflect, critically analyse, be imaginative, have structure in my writing and not just ramble, like I do a bit on here!! And I have to confess, that while that would have sounded easy enough 6 or 7 years ago, it kinda scared the life out of me in December.
I wasn’t sure that I remembered how to write an essay! I was so worried about failing! I kept putting it off for as long as I could. But eventually I got something put together and submitted.
Well, at the weekend I got a letter through the post to say that I HAVE PASSED! Whoop! And not only have I passed but I have passed with DISTINCTION! Whoop, whoop, whoop!! I am so delighted. And dare I say it, I’m all chuffed with myself. There’s a little graduation evening to attend and everything.
Now, I know it’s only a little part-time course. But for me it’s a big deal. It has given me a little confidence boost, a sense of accomplishment and pride and purpose. I’m glad to be reminded that there’s still a brain in there, that’s not just sharp on what to feed a 9 month old, or how to change a nappy with a toddler on your hip!
But this mamma just got herself an extra little qualification and right now, she thinks she is the billy whizz 😉 So, if anyone out there is even considering doing something like this, to you I say, “You go girl!”