I blog for Change…

As I attempt to orient the windy and often treacherous roads that encapsulate life, here are some of my thoughts on the successes, failures and ultimately the hope and positivity in which I strive for a better world. I also hope that I can use this blog as a platform to elevate the social justice issues that are somewhat forgotten in the modern discourse of staying silent on issues that challenge. Sx

DAY 13: Do a Gratitude Meditation

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This one is a tough one to journal, however I thought I would mentally meditate on a different angle; 2 goals I have achieved in the recent past.

Today I choose to reflect on:

Completing my Masters

Late last year I finished my Masters. This was such an achievement because I was working full time whilst also studying. It was genuinely one of the most difficult tasks I have ever embarked upon. There were certain times during this period when I felt that I could not continue and all I wanted to do was give up. I sacrificed a great many things in the pursuit, namely any semblance of a personal life. My evenings and weekends were either spent studying with my head buried deep into books or else worrying and feeling guilty because I was not doing these things and should have been! During my last semester I chose to increase my load and study full time whilst also working full time. It was intense and crazy to say the least. I would often find that my brain would switch off completely because it had been exerted so much first at work and then after a 9-10 hour day, at home studying too.

But in the end, it was all worth it. I now look back with admiration and pride at the strength I exerted during these difficult times. I practiced a level of discipline and self belief that I did not realise I had in me prior to those moments. I am so proud of this achievement and am very thankful for the experience itself, for it taught me a great deal about what I was capable of.

The decision to pack up and move back to Melbourne

This was a difficult one for me but I genuinely believe it to be an achievement. Turning your back on a stable and steady job to leap into the unknown is such a difficult thing to do. Society teaches us that stability and conformity are the most important principles to which to live ones life. However, I have never adhered to these rules and prefer to let my heart guide me. I am making an investment into my future by being where my heart is, after all life is too short to be somewhere that you don’t want to be. I am very grateful for my ability to always do what feels right no matter the obstacles in my path and I am so very proud of this innate quality.

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Author: es.el.gee

Sabene is a development practitioner, activist, writer, blogger and intersectional feminist. She currently works for CBM Australia and manages its India portfolio of Community Based Inclusive Development programs. Sabene’s expertise specialises in the intersection of gender and disability with a specific focus on South Asia and the Pacific. She is passionate about equality and social justice and serves as the Co-Director of Catalyst Co-Lab, an advocacy and rights based group which aims to raise awareness and empower active citizens and agents of change.

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