Reflections of...

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

...the way life used to be."

One of the best things about extended leisure time is the luxury to step back and reflect on your life - where you've been, where you are and where you're headed. Another is having the time to actually listen to your music collection. Now combine the two and you are bound to rediscover songs that transport you to a different point in your life.

The most challenging (yet rewarding) year of my life thusfar must be my final year at UCT, the year I became financially independent and grew up in a hurry. I was 21, living in a houseshare near campus and juggling two jobs to pay for the study and living expenses that my partial bursary didn't cover.

My support network was as shaky as my finances, causing a further drain on my energy. But it made others become nearer and dearer, and I am forever grateful to them (you know who you are!). It was also my last chance to enjoy varsity socialising before facing the real world of work and that meant more time and money spent. So I worked hard, and played hard!

As a result the time I had left for my studies was negligible. This drastically decreased my chances of graduating, especially since my thesis took forever to move beyond its genesis. But I plodded on my merry way and more than survived the year. After graduating and squaring up my debts at year-end I still had enough left for a spontaneous gap year in the States.

One day for our Psych Honours class we were tasked to bring a song that expressed how we were feeling at that point in time. The lecturer hoped this sharing would help the group of 15 to bond. Soppy, I know! But I took it seriously and pondered long before making my choice.

The song that strummed my pain and sang my life with its words was: "One Hand in my Pocket" by Alanis Morissette. This is the song I rediscovered this week and now I'd like to share it with you -
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