So I have been a "sheep" for most of my adult life, working whatever jobs were available straight out of high school. I never had any interest in the sciences or most anything else because I didn't think it was a practical goal to achieve. I always thought that to be a Physicist, you had to be a genius like Albert Einstein or something, but lately after reading some posts forwarded to me by someone on this forum, I am suddenly beginning to think that it's not too late for this to be out of my reach. One thing of note is that what sparked my interest in the first place was at the hospital, where I encountered a childhood bully of mine. Let me tell you, this kid was a bad apple. I remember him mugging kids and threatening (including myself) by brandishing knives, etc. After a short conversation with him, I found out he is apparently in a residency program to become an ENT surgeon. When I confronted him about the past, he told me to stop being childish and wasting his time and we both went our separate ways. I'm not a particularly aggressive type of person, so I backed down but this prompted me to consider that maybe I might be able to have a better future than just being a customer service rep or telemarketer. I know this probably doesn't sound like a very good reason to begin getting into Physics, which is why I sort of doubt my capability of going into this field. In any case, to start out, should I just go to a community college and enroll as a Physics major? Are there any particular steps I have to take in order to get admitted into graduate school for my Ph.D or to prepare for it?