How cool is my kid? So cool, that's how cool he is. It is amazing to watch him come into his own. I have great hope of him realising his dreams because he is so dedicated to his music - and he has tons of talent to go with that dedication

Another thing I have hope of as of today, is finally having work in my chosen field; teaching. I have worked so hard for so long, and so much of that effort seems to have gone unrecognised, and certainly under-utilised. I've studied for 25 years and had so much hope of the PhD being an avenue for networking and building my skills, but the predatory attitude of the University (getting people in and out asap so as to reap Government income), meant I was never offered the same opportunities my able bodied peers were offered, despite having proven capable of the work.

But today, I received words of great encouragement from the facilitator of the pre-employment course I'm doing right now. She had already identified my strengths and the issues I needed to over come to gain employment... Surprise, surprise, the obstacle I need to overcome is experience. I can't believe how many years I've wasted chasing prestigious qualifications that were leading no where.

So, I have hope, Now it is up to me to make the most of the opportunities stretching out ahead of me.