The Graduate (finally!)

Friday, July 02 2021, 5:47PM

After what seems like a very long time, I'm back.

Lots of things have been getting in the way, but I'm making a conscious decision to put the past in my behind and get on with the business of life.

So what have I been doing? The big thing has been completing my masters, after 4 long years I can finally say...

I graduated!

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Sadly, COVID has meant that there are no graduation ceremonies, and it feels really anticlimactic. But I have my Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) and I'm trying to feel really proud of my efforts. We have celebrated in little ways, and I have a lovely certificate to hang on my wall of fame.

Completing this degree has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done, I knew I had to reinvent myself and all the tears, tantrums, sleepless nights, late nights, early mornings and chocolate have finally culminated in achieving my dream. 

I'm always in awe of people who can achieve beyond their limits or the limits imposed on them by others. I read the stories of other people on EnableMe, and in other online forums, and I'm inspired to keep trying. 

Have I finished learning? No way. I'm just taking a break, a gap year, as it were. I don't think I'll ever go back to that intensity of study, but I would like to learn something new. I recall a work colleague who, in her 90s, was learning Spanish...! (yes, you read that right, she was in her 90s... working one day a week and as far as I know, still living in her own home).

So what's next? No new adventures yet, currently enjoying the Sydney Lockdown, crocheting Oliver a blanket for his bed (photos in the near future, I promise!), taking time to just sit with myself and work out what makes me happy. I can't say I'm content with my life, there have been some dark places of late, I haven't blogged for ages, and many self-care activities have taken a backseat. But now I have a 2 year old, who loved running everywhere, I need to get things back on track. I need to be the best mum I can for him, and even though I can't keep up with him right now, tomorrow is another day to keep trying.

As Anne of Green Gables said: "It's a wonderful comfort to know that tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it."