I'm over halfway through Wuthering Heights and I have to say, I absolutely love it!!! I especially love discussing the characters at the tutes and annoying everyone with my preference of Edgar (apart from the all seeing, all knowing Nelly) to Heathcliff. I don't know if it's an age thing but Heathcliff and Catherine's passion seems SO melodramatic and immature!! Has age made me a realist in my preference for the supposedly weak, yet inwardly strong and level-headed Edgar? I'm sure on my reading of it when I was a teen, I had a definate preference for H, although I also can't remember him being so cold and calculating! His reaction to Isabella when Catherine tells him of her infatuation with him, made me want to squirm as much as Isabella!! Great writing. It's quite Gothic and I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I am.
World history on the other hand might prove to be a little more than stressful. When it comes to learning/remembering facts and technicalities, I seem to struggle a bit! I felt like I wanted to hide in a hole when I received my latest assignment due in two weeks. I have to imagine I'm an advisor to the Premier of Queensland, who will appear on a current affairs program, and provide a "briefing note of the fundamental characteristics of early Islamic culture and society". My first thoughts were, "The poor Premier's going to look like an absolute idiot"!!!! It's all based on readings which I have done but trying to cram 1500 years of early history into a couple of readings isn't easy and hasn't made me feel very confident about the whole thing! That's the key with me - confidence! I don't have it and I'm not sure how to get it. No matter how well I do, my confidence remains the same.
My daughter on the other hand...just entered a modelling competition. She had to walk down a catwalk in the middle of a shopping center with hundreds of people watching and did it with such ease. Although she didn't get into the finals (I thought she was the most beautiful, poised young lady there!), she told me she had lots of fun doing it! I'm so proud of her and her attitude can teach me so much.
I've done it!!!
Well, I've finally done it!! Got accepted into Uni AND created a blog!!! After searching for insightful websites to help me tackle my journey into academia at my ripe old age and coming up with nil, I decided to start one of my own. I hope this blog will encourage anyone who has ever doubted their own abilities, to put one foot in front of the other and achieve their ambitions, desires, dreams...no matter what they are. If anyone has any inspiring stories to share, I would love to hear them. I love an inspiring story!!!