I was one of the first to sit the dreaded 11 plus exam, which I failed, even though I was on the borderline to pass. This affected me deeply as I thought I had let my parents down. However, it also motivated me to work hard and take an interest in everything around me. I did lots of courses and eventually, years later, after two marriages, five children and the tragic loss of a much loved so, I decided to further my education to make him and my other children proud of me. I got a certificate in community development then went on to do an access course in Women’s Studies and was offered a place in Queens University Belfast . At the age of sixty one I passed my driving test and received my bus pass. Now as I reach my seventies, my proud family are wondering what mountain I’ll be climbing next. As I tell my many grandchildren, never give up on your dreams. Its never too late to shine, reach for your own personal star, its worth it.