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Education, Learning and Living Life to the Full

Two articles in this weekend's Guardian newspaper caught my eye - both on the themes of literacy and education, two of my passions. One was the continuing story of Malala Yousafzai, a 15 year old schoolgirl and blogger from Mingora, Pakistan who was shot as she returned home from a day at school - shot a point blank range by the Taliban for daring to pursue an education as a muslim girl. She is recovering after life saving surgery after being air lifted to the UK to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. This young woman has shared her experiences through a regular blog for the BBC in which she not only promotes education for girls but also advises local authorities on the matter, but was shot by the Taliban for 'promoting secularism'. The Taliban have threatened to kill Malala if she returns to Pakistan. Muslim women and girls have been photographed with 'I am Malala' banners, showing support of this brave girl who intends to return home and is currently stud…

All is not as it seems ...

Life has a tendency to amble on in its own sweet way while its participants frantically scrabble in the dirt to keep on track. My last year has been testimony to that. Plans are made, opportunities are grabbed with both hands, yet while life is experienced to the full, I often amaze myself that I manage to move forward with my life at all! Treading water feels like all there is some days, yet from time to time, I reflect on my present and realise that, perhaps, my life is moving in the right direction after all.

Over the last twelve months, I've turned my back on one life and braved the new. New in so much that I have embraced a new way of living my life - independently and by putting myself and my children first, allowing us the time and energy to nurture relationships with friends and family. Allowing myself to move on.

Teaching at one time seemed to be an avenue closed to me, yet as my health improved and the fog cleared, I saw that teaching, writing and being a mum to my boys …