New Year, New Adventure.

I went back to uni a little over a month ago.

It wasn’t the easiest decision to make as an adult with ‘adult’ responsibilities and a full time job, but ultimately it’s a decision that I hope will be a good investment in my future.

This year I have traded in my evenings to attend ‘virtual’ classes, and my weekends for assignments. It’s been challenging, to say the least. I’m the kind of person who likes to get a good head start on things. The downside to getting ahead is that there have been many fleeting moments when I’ve felt like there’s been nothing more to my existence than study.

I’m studying accounting, which is something I once swore I’d never do because every man and his dog seemed to do it. But it seems to be a profession that’s in demand, and I wasn’t half bad at it when I last did it in high school.

Oh, and my diabetes is still there too. It hasn’t been giving me too much grief. But if there’s one thing that I’ve missed more than anything, it would have to be connecting with others in the diabetes community. While I’ve still been lurking around, I’ve been oddly reminded of what my life was like before I found the DOC four years ago. I know that my wellbeing is far better when I’m an active part of this amazing community.

I submitted my two assignments for the semester this week, and I’m very much looking forward to actually enjoying some of my upcoming weekends. I’m not too sure what will become of my blog this year, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to check in here a little more often than I have been.

So if you’ve made it this far, I guess the morale to this post is that you’re never too old to take a great big leap of faith. And that I’m not going to let diabetes be an excuse for the regrets I might have had down the track.


  1. This is great news! I felt a blog coming today probably because I was thinking about you and realised I hadn’t seen a blog from you in a while. I wondered what had happened. Now I know. I t may be intense putting your head down and learning a new skill but knowing you you’ll come out on top of your game!

  2. Jan C.

    You’re doing great Frank. Good luck for all your studying. You’ll get through it and reap the rewards. As Helen Keller once said, ‘The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.’

  3. I know exactly how you feel about starting in a a field that you swore you’d never do because everyone else was doing it! I swore I’d never study to become a nurse because my mother and grandmother were nurses…and I wanted to be my own person! So I originally studied and worked in anthropology! However obviously nursing still pulled me in hook, line and sinker…because 16 years later I am absolutely positively obsessed with the work I do as a paediatric nurse, midwife and diabetes educators…and I too wouldn’t have met all you amazingly resilient empowering people that are some of the most effective changemakers for our world in the DOC if I hadn’t have studied nursing!! All the best Frank…enjoy this new adventure you’re on!

  4. Rick Phillips

    Hey Frank, I went to school to earn my doctorate at age 51. Fire it up Frank, you will love adult college. I earned tow of three post 30 and really it is the best way to go to school.

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