I came across the Chinese proverb when I was researching the origin of the so-called Chinese curse of ‘May you live in interesting times’ – apparently, the saying is incorrectly attributed as a Chinese curse and that the closest Chinese proverb is ‘It’s better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in a chaotic period’. Well, I am certainly in an interesting period in the next couple of months!
I’ve just had a late lunch at 4.00pm, after a late breakfast at 11.00am – I quickly went downstairs to the cafeteria and got myself some fried rice and Thai barbeque chicken, a bottle of Moccona latté and some peanut M&Ms. Very healthy indeed. I have been working almost non-stop on my proposal revision, aiming to finish everything by tomorrow. Additional to the proposal and my thesis, I also have a publicity piece for a magazine that I’m co-writing with an Associate Professor here, as well as a couple of projects that I’m doing as part of my scholarship top-up. I also have three tutorial classes to teach as well. On top of that, I have also been nominated to be the Chairperson of the Australian Market and Social Research Society for South Australia. In the past, when various contacts suggested that I should consider, I politely declined, citing my work and my full schedule. It’s just so funny now that I have an overflowing plate, I finally say yes to the challenge and opportunity – so the next five months will be interesting indeed!
“Are you enjoying it still?”, I hear you ask. Well, yes and no – but mostly yes. I do enjoy the mental challenges and the freedom that academic environment provides. I’d rather not elaborate on the ‘no’ – hahaha. I do miss the professional circle though and I’ve started to miss the familiar experience of travelling on the early flight, having a series of meetings and then flying back in the evening or retiring for the night in a generic hotel chain. Perhaps this nostalgic feeling will dissipate as I front my tutorial classes and see the eager and the not-so-eager faces. Being able to teach is one of the key catalysts why I join the academic circle.
So the next time you see me, I may show off some new grey hair on my head. At least some people still say that I look 25 – so perhaps after the end of my postgraduate research, I will look like my real age. Haha. I hope not! 🙂 Life is one big adventure and God has created a unique mix in my personality – my need for safety, structure and conventions and my desire to break free and explore new terrains. I say, bring it on! 🙂
The Great Adventure
(Steven Curtis Chapman)
Saddle up your horses …
Started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head of all I had to do today
Another time around the circle try to make it better than the last
I opened up the Bible and I read about me
Said I’d been a prisoner and God’s grace had set me free
And somewhere between the pages it hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me and I heard somebody say “Let’s go”!
Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure
Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for
We’ll travel over, over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams
Yeah … oh saddle up your horses … come on get ready to ride