I don't know much about physics. I had a passion for eastern philosophy from a fairly young age and I got into a discussion with a friend about my theories on where we come from, the energy of existence, and other such things. He asked me if I was a physics major because he had been for a time before our friendship and I told him no - I based a lot of it on eastern philosophy - and he told me I just gave a rudimentary explanation of quantum physics. I was twenty at the time and we were splitting a six pack so I don't recall the conversation itself, but it struck me. My second introduction to physics was the illustrated history of time which again in some ways coincided with my basic beliefs though of course most of it was alien ideas I had never pondered yet found fascinating. I recently bought the quantum and the lotus. For those of you not familiar with it, it is a book of conversations between an asian who spent many years in a buddhist monastary and left to work in physics and an american (I'm assuming anglo) who worked in the heavier sciences and left to become a buddhist monk. They speak of the parallels between the basic tenets of buddhism and the basic theories of physics. I skimmed through it but I'm reading Atlas Shrugged right now so it will probably be about a month before I dive into the book - AS is a big book, after all. Having lived a misguided 32 years I feel I've gotten all the BS out of my system and I'm ready to really give myself over to the discipline. On the one hand it is purely academia for the sake of it which is why I feel ready for it now. On the other hand, I know I'm on the old side for taking it up now. I'm a recently registered medical assistant so I know the science courses will be an asset to me in the short term. And I have considered teaching math and science after I earn my bachelor's degree. That may give me summers off for the really hard courses as I pursue the Masters and perhaps the Phd. I understand there is a branch of physics that directly relates to the medical field but to be completely honest, my heart is set on quantum. I bought a college physics book for a buck at a library and it is sanksrit to me. My highest level of math is college algebra, and microbiology and botany at the college level as far as any of the sciences. But it doesn't intimidate me because the math and science I have taken from grade school through college I found fascinating and enjoyable, and I know as I progress in the higher maths and sciences I will be building a foundation to turn that sanskrit into english for me so I am not intimidated by that. I suppose the niggling concern for me is simply that it took so long in my life to dedicate myself to following my heart academically. And the purpose of my posting is perhaps to hear other's opinions, hopefully some advice, optimistic feedback if there is some out there, and maybe guidance in possible courses (as in directions, not college courses) for me to consider. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and thanks in advance for any insight you may offer.