The last self-indulgent blog-post just about me for the next nine months, I promise. The rest will be all killer, no filler!
Righto, I’m on my way.
At home last night, I flung around a last emails for work. My work phone’s battery had died, so come 11:59pm, when the last of my emails got sent, it literally felt like I would turn into a pumpkin if I kept going. This morning, for the first time since primary school, as I packed my play-lunch, I packed a carrot to eat with a whimsical “why-not!?” to myself. Not quite as storied a vegetable in fairytale-land as a pumpkin, but maybe more representative of the joy, optimism and attraction I am feeling right now as I take nine months off to study a Masters.
It isn’t as if it hasn’t been hard to wrench myself away from work: we are in the middle of a massive LMS implementation there. I’ve been running lately with how to deal with architecting for the complexities and idiosyncrasies of multiple continuing education frameworks within a global business. Another story for another day, but it is a mission to hand something like that over to other people when they are going through a massive restructure at the same time too. Everyone is doing their level-best.
For me, I need to wait until I go back to work out what happens with my employment situation. That is a good thing really, because in my dreaming of this opportunity for the last 5 or so years, I always envisaged sharing what I was learning real-time back with the people I work with. Not exclusively – I will be learning out loud on all the socials too – but there is something invigorating for me about the notion of a proximate community I’m part of that I can translate concept into utility for. I intend to cover a hell of a lot of intellectual ground this year; and maybe the best stuff I will remember because I’ve helped others to build a practical narrative with it.
Notwithstanding this approach, I feel instantly freer from my workplace of 22 years, here as I sit on the train on the way into my first day at Sydney University. I honestly haven’t felt trapped, but I’ve learnt just about all I could there for now, and that is OK. I will try to give more than I receive in this Masters, such is my genuine gratitude for this opportunity; but I’ve a hungry mind, one that carrots alone won’t satiate. Onwards and upwards.