The Four Epiphanies*

I’ve given myself four life-changing objectives for the 6 months that I’ll be away. While that might seem a little ambitious, I want to get as much out of this experience as possible and frankly, I just love a list! I know my list will likely change (or be forgotten entirely) while I’m away but for now my aims are:

1. Stop Being Such A Control Freak: I appreciate that the very act of writing this list means that I’m starting this one badly, but I’ve not left yet so it doesn’t count! We were told of our redundancy 10 months’ ago and I pretty much started a spreadsheet the following day. I love a spreadsheet. I’ve got a spreadsheet logging all my swims since the start of 2014 (482 swims logged to date with 11 columns including distance; location; a rating out of 10 (which also combines a standard traffic light system to reflect my general feeling…); one thing I did well; one thing I did badly); a spreadsheet for my jogging (mostly describing how sweaty I was and how many random strangers felt the need to encourage me as I slogged past them); a spreadsheet for my monthly budget; one for my bucket list; and a whole host of temporary spreadsheets for Christmas presents/food-tracking/weight levels… it goes on! So opening excel to start my “redundancy to-do list” was a no-brainer.  However, there’s a big difference between being organised and being a dork.

2. Get Over My Weak Stomach: This might sound frivolous but, for me, it’s ridiculously debilitating! Gagging over gross smells, gross sights, and even gross discussions is something that I’m going to have to get over very, very fast. I’m guessing Africa will be make or break here!

3. Learn To Be More Patient: Pretty self-explanatory but over the last few years, I’ve gone from a chilled out hippy-chick to an uptight rage-asuarus. All of my pre-trip Googling keeps mentioning “TIA”: This Is Africa. I’ll either come back relaxed and zenned-out or my head will explode somewhere on a dusty delayed train in Zambia.

4. Figure Out What I Want To Do With The Rest Of My Life: This is the biggie! I really want to use this time to (re/)discover my values and work out what’s important to me. Where do I want to work? What do I want to do? Hopefully, this break is going to allow me to figure out what’s next.


*They’re more ambitions rather than epiphanies but ambitions don’t sound as dramatic.

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