Had a lazy morning today, I was all set to go to intervals at 7am as I like to get it done and out of the way on a Saturday so I have a whole day to do other things. However, as it was the end of the 8-week cycle we do for intervals it was a team final and the session had been moved to 8am. I know it’s only an hour later but it messed with my head so didn’t book onto it. Lame excuse maybe but I also had a busy day ahead so knew that not doing exercise at the normal time would stress me out a bit.
My day was busy as I was working at the uni for most of it, as we are in the process of recruiting new students for our September intake we had an offer holders day, which means that any student that had received an offer from us could come along and learn more about the uni and their chosen subject area in a hope that they accept our offer.
A colleague and I team-taught a short session with two students who are interested in our business undergraduate degree and it got me thinking which is amazing really as I never went to university as these students are planning on doing.
When I was at the age when you start working out your future after school (probably around 15/16 years old) I remember being told that I was “too thick” to do A-Levels and that I should busy myself with something vocational. At the time I was a little upset by the comment but my parents suggested that I studied food technology at the local agricultural college as I had always shown an interest in their food business growing up & it was the better alternative to catering college, also meant I got away from the students who had bullied me during the last two years at school!!
However, this comment has stuck with me all my life and I’ve done numerous qualifications in a range of subjects to try to convince mainly myself that I’m not thick! As it happens, I’m dyslexic which was diagnosed at 30 years old thanks to a very observant tutor when I was studying for my nutrition qualification! I’ll be forever thankful to this tutor as everything made total sense knowing that my brain works differently.
When I first found out I was dyslexic, I was really angry that no one had picked it up before and what could I have achieved if I’d known this when I was at school? However, as the years have gone by I realised that despite not knowing about my dyslexia until I was 30 I’ve achieved some amazing things in my life and in 2018 I actually gained a Master qualification and now I celebrate my dyslexia as it makes me who I am today and gives me a superpower!
This is another reminder that if I truly want to achieve this transformation then I will as I’ve overcome so much already in my life and this is just another hurdle to get over. I just need to crack on with it and stop making excuses!!