I was wary of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD, also called “winter depression”) before coming here. I thought I was on top of things: having a schedule, eating healthy and going out in the sun as much as I can.
Then earlier I found out two events I have been looking forward to in December and January have been moved online and rescheduled, respectively. Urgh.
Well December is here, lockdown is ending, term break is coming, the holidays are near. Always have something to look forward to and be kind! 🤎
A few days ago I got back the marks for my first assignment for my Masters programme. It was a group work. With all the online classes and no physical meetings, doing a group project was not easy. With one in another timezone? Even harder.
In one of my modules, I have “adopted” a non-profit organisation called Samaritans, a leading suicide reduction charity in the UK. They have a free hotline with volunteers waiting on the other line 24/7 if you need someone to talk to. Similar to the Befrienders we have in Malaysia.
In the midst of all the congratulatory messages and well-wishes I received a few months ago after I publicly announced that I won a scholarship to do my postgraduate studies in the UK, I started to doubt myself. Here I am, taking a career break to go back to school at the age of 40.
Looking at my cohort studying amazing things and doing so much for the society at a young(er) age — I feel so insignificant. Do I have the imposter syndrome?
And then, came this news of this 67-year-old retired school principal from Cameroon who also won the same scholarship.
Her name is Eyere Takor.
I guess we should continue chasing our dreams and ambitions, at any age. ✨