Sorry, this is longer than I had intended. Okay so I'm 23, I live in the south of England and, although married, we have no other commitments other than to go wherever a potential future can take us. I work full time but we're looking to move away from where we are anyway. I have never before been a 'science' person. That's not to say I wasn't any good at it, I just wasn't interested in it. At school my GCSEs were fairly plain for maths and science, C (although I almost got a B for maths). I know if I had applied myself I would have got much better grades. Anyway, things didn't get better and I ended up leaving sixth form with nothing, so I don't even have A Levels. I ventured into art & design for some weird reason. Looking back, I think it was more of a passing fancy because whenever I think about what I've been like, I've always been a person who sought a real answer and if you know art and design, there is more or less never a yes or no answer unlike in maths and science, where something works or it doesn't, there's no convincing a formula that your design is suitable. I then went to university and spent two years at a joke of an establishment on an architectural course, which I left. I realised I was totally uninspired by the whole field. For some reason, about a week ago or so, something clicked and I picked up a couple of books on mathematical and physics principles. I really wanted to get to grips with what I had missed out on. Despite my unhelpful lack of attention span I've been glued to them. Should physics be what I should have been involved in all along remains to be seen. Since I got them, I have not been able to turn over a page until I was certain I understood the concept, I didn't always understand straight away but I wouldn't move on until I did. To test myself, I took on a bit of a challenge from a New Scientist article involving a pile of elephants representing pressure. I don't know for sure whether my calculations were correct, I haven't had a response from the article writer, but I do know that I thoroughly enjoyed bringing together the various algebraic equations to devise a final equation that'd help give me an answer to their conundrum. So, I honestly think I'd enjoy physics, the way it works everywhere, the fact we still find ourselves unable to fully grasp (ie uniting the forces) why things happen and most importantly, I can handle algebraic maths (my dad is an accountant so maybe being good with formulas runs in the blood?) My problem is, what do I do now? As someone who needs to remain in full time employment until I enroll on a degree course, what can I do to be sure of my interests? If you're interested in animals, you can work at a pet shop, if you're interested in design, you can take a small job at a design firm where you can see people working in a studio environment and if you're interested in catering, you can work in a restaurant... but if you're interested in physics (and I'm not even sure what field, astrophysics, nuclear physics?) what am I meant to do when holding down a full time job? Furthermore, I know I've got to retake A Levels, presumably as evening classes, but aside from maths and physics, what else am I going to need, what books give a true representation of the working physicist (populist books are fanciful but unhelpful)? Like my thread title suggests, I'm starting from square one and I'm not at a crossroads, I'm lost in the woods! Can anyone help?