In 2010 I developed a condition that took away my ability to speak, not being able to make sound and communicate with the outside world was the most isolating and devastating experience, which lead my obsession of researching other forms of communication, other than spoken word.
I have been a professional singer/ songwriter for 20 years, I have also developed and delivered music programs within the community with a focus on using music and creative arts as therapy. Through my research into sound, I have discovered papers and research programs showing scientific evidence of the effects that sound has on our brains, emotions, body and even our cellular structure.
Being a mature student obviously has its benefits, such as having a home, a stable family life, having a financial understanding, and great organisational skills. Although I do have to state that I know people who are mature and maybe have none of these attributes. There are also down sides such as a wealth of knowledge on your points of interest, caution as to how you spend your time and energy, and having a very clear vision of outcome or final destination. Now the problem with having a very clear vision is you may miss some very important lessons, or alternative directions which could enhance your product, invention, journey, piece of work, or your self development.
I have almost always, for most of my working life been my own vehicle and had to create paths of opportunities myself. I am now on a very different journey, I am studying for a degree and I have to follow a syllabus and a timetable, which contains workshops, self study and lectures. I have the maturity and forward thinking to know that all the information and skills I am receiving will slot into place like a jigsaw puzzle, along my path to the destination, but I cannot put to sleep this sense of urgency.
Life is full of challenges. My new challenge is to find the balance between working towards my end result and not getting frustrated when the course takes a side turn, because the side turn could be one of the most important moments or lessons of your life!