Month: January 2018

There is no place like home…

I am sitting in the airport lounge, fighting back tears. I hate goodbyes…

Still can’t believe six months went by so fast.  I am now convinced that it is better to stay away from home than to go home and have to leave again. And this is coming from a self-confessed unsentimental (antonym of sentimental) person.

For a bit of background for the new readers (Welcome btw👋): I traveled from Hong Kong to my motherland, Zimbabwe in July 2017 and stayed there for the past six months. The purpose of my trip home was to carry out fieldwork for the Ph.D. project I have been working on since 2016. So, after spending months at home with my mother, making new friends and spending time with old ones; I had to leave all of that behind and come back to Hong Kong.

Highlights of my time at home:

a) This might be surprising but I love my home country Zimbabwe so much. It was such an exciting time to be home when Robert Mugabe finally resigned from being President after 37 years in office. I am the least political person you will ever meet, but the month of November 2017 was a great time in Zimbabwean politics.

b) My sister came to visit me from Cape Town. My sister is my best friend, so you can just imagine how that week when she visited made me feel. I had last seen her in 2014 when I left Cape Town so this was a lovely reunion.

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c) I spent Christmas at home with my mother and it was an unforgettable time. Anyone who knows me knows that this woman is my rock, my everything. Since the passing of my dad last year, I cherish every moment I spend with her even more. She is more than a parent, she is a friend, a confidant… I run out of words to express how I feel.

d) I also celebrated the start of the new year 2018 at home. New Year’s day is special because it also happens to be the day I was born, so spending it at home was something I will always cherish. I am a year older, hopefully, wiser.

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As I reflect back to my time in Zimbabwe, I feel that there will be no place like home. I can travel to many countries but home will always have a special place in my heart.

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Mvurwi is naturally beautiful

 

It has a different feel to it, full of childhood and teenage memories; full of hope and laughter. It makes me sad to know that I will not be going back until this Ph.D. is over…and that, my friends, is a long time from now.  I hold on to the beautiful memories of the time spent at home. P.S: I have too many pictures from my time at home, they would need ten other blog posts. So, please don’t feel bad if I took a picture with you and it is not in this post.

I was greeted by warm weather when I arrived in Hong Kong, but it’s cold again because it’s winter here in Hong Kong.  Winter in Hong Kong is between December-February with average temperatures of between 16 ° and 20 ° Celsius. This is mild compared to other winters I have experienced. I am currently having trouble sleeping because my body still needs to adjust to the time difference.

On a positive note, I have lots to catch up on with my Hong Kong family of friends, lots of things to look forward to and lots of opportunities for new beginnings.

Let’s see how this year goes. I will surely update you guys 😉

Currently Homesick,

GG

What do you do when feeling a lack of motivation?

I woke up this Sunday morning challenged with a lack of motivation. I am right this moment attempting to turn that lack of motivation into something I can work with, by writing this unmotivated blog.  But in a way, it is motivated by my lack of motivation (mmmh, there is a smart thought). Writing has always been a way for me to express how I feel, you can read more about that in this post if you missed it I used to write…

Anyway, back to my current state of being unmotivated (is that a word?). Sundays are meant for relaxation or so they say. But, here I am,  failing to relax or find a reason to relax because I actually have a lot to do this morning. I am just lacking the motivation to do any of it. And that feeling sucks…

So I decided to watch a sermon from my favorite preacher, Pastor Steven Furtick. Doing that usually motivates me a great deal, but today I just could not pay attention to the message. I took my phone instead and started scrolling through Twitter and Instagram. Now that is a sure way to feel even lazier and demotivated. People’s lives and constant self-praise is not doing anything to motivate me this morning and to be fair, it is not their job to motivate me. So I put down the phone.

I start thinking a) is it the pressure to always be doing something that is creating this feeling of unease in me? b) who says I have to be up and busy on this Sunday morning, when I can just stay in bed until I feel tired of doing nothing?

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Sigh, none of it is working. What do you guys do when you are feeling unmotivated?