June 21

Hair (Yes)terday

Growing my hair naturally has been quite an experience. It has been fun, and an opportunity to learn. I like the texture, and sometimes I even like the waves.

It has felt like a lesson in acceptance.

June 19

Things are feeling tough

A weird thing happened. I started writing a job application a couple of weeks ago, as I progressed through the pages I thought I’m not sure I’m good enough for this role yet. I abandoned the application and didn’t think any more of it. But, then, I saw an email in my inbox saying I had been invited to an interview. It’s on Wednesday. The same day as another interview I am having in University of Brighton.

The past few days have been full of soul searching, self-doubt and general messiness. My mental health has changed completely; I’m not sure if it’s medication, a placebo effect or the self-care research I am constantly doing. I’m keeping my mind occupied, but when I mismanage my health I tune in to my feelings. This has been interesting.

Sometimes my head feels noisy, like a dull murmur of a cafe and I used to be afraid. But when I tried to listen in to the conversations, I heard nothing. The noise started sounding like static. Then I imagined it as a radio, so I imagined a dial. I turned it down, and up. Sometimes words were there – but fragmented and nonthreatening. I am learning more about words, I try to teach myself new words everyday (mostly thanks to crosswords) or remember long forgotten words. I sleep soundly thinking about words ebbing and flowing.

I spent the weekend trying to decide which job interview to go for. Over time, I realised that the only reason I liked the University of Brighton role was because it’s in University of Brighton. It’s familiar, it’s safe, it’s full of hopes and dreams. But the other role is full of the unknown.

I withdrew from the University of Brighton role last night. I hope I made a good decision. I feel like a change is in the air.

June 17

Lens

I bought a zoom lens in a charity shop this week. I saw that it didn’t fit my camera and thought the inside of the lens would look interesting as a frame. My idea reminded me of Devour by Christopher Jonassen. I made the images into an animated gif. Enjoy (you have to click to view).

animated gifs using a zoom lens

animated gifs using a zoom lens

June 9

And so it goes…

The pattern continues. Yesterday, a few hours after posting my one hundredth blog post, I was invited to a job interview at the university. I could not believe it when I opened the email. I had given up hope of getting a full-time permanent job in Brighton and had started looking elsewhere.

It’s just an interview. But the romantic in me (which I’m deeply ashamed of) wants to take it as a sign that things will get better. Perhaps that Brighton really is my true Home and it’s putting pies on the windowsill to entice me back. Not that it’s certain I’ll be able to get to eat the pie, but I’m liking the scent wafting my way.

June 8

Hundred

I wanted to do a special update for my one hundredth blog post. It’s election day, my leaving party (well, get-together) at work and the first time ever I have run out of money before the end of the first week of the month. I’m hungry and I feel like I am living in a bubble.

The light this morning looked very dramatic when I woke. It hurt my eyes.