Posted in Academia and Research, Hobbies Sports and Games, Librarianship, Travel, tagged Burrell Collection, Canada, Chartership, Employment, Future Learn, Glasgow Library Tweet Ups, Life changes, London, Merril Collection, Moving house, Scotland, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, Toronto University, Volunteering on July 22, 2014|
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Readers mine, I live in Scotland once again! Life since May began has been decidedly hectic, when I handed in my notice to Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where I have been the Assistant Librarian since January 2008, within a week of returning from France (the two events are not causally related, merely temporally adjacent). Since leaving work at the end of June, I was packing up and saying “Cheerio, not goodbye!” to the six and half years of my London life, and for just over a week now I have since been living in Scotland once again. I didn’t leave the Institute to work elsewhere in London; I left it as part of a larger change in lifestyle. Having been asking myself the question “where do I want my life to be, in the main?”, for a couple of years now, and the obvious follow-up question, “what then must I do to achieve that?”, moving to Scotland was the first part of the answer. It’s about life, not just about work. London was never a permanent move, I always knew that, and I cannot express how strongly I disagree with Samuel Johnson’s famous quote as given below
when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
There is a significant difference between not wanting to live in London and being tired of it. It’s always accessible, always there, and I’ll never stop visiting it. I’ll never stop missing my friends who live there. But there is so much to do, so much to see, here in Scotland. Besides, I needed to get back before September 18, after which the borders will of course be closed :). I jest, of course, but it’s definitely an interesting year to be in Scotland, and I want to be able to have a say in the future of my country. (more…)
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Posted in About me, Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Blogging projects, Librarianship, tagged #Reverb12, Burrell Collection, Depression, Glasgow, London, Mindfulness, Volunteering on December 10, 2012|
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Another day, another #Reverb12 prompt that has had me thinking how to answer it all day. There has been no grandiose, James Bond-ian risk. Each risk that made the final shortlist has been more of a challenge to my introvert tendencies. Sometimes I have deliberately challenged myself. Moving to London was rather daunting, but has resulted in some wonderful friendships, memories, and professional/research opportunities. Becoming a tour guide at the Burrell Collection back in 2006, with the intention of overcoming my fear of public speaking, was most definitely a challenge. Happily, it worked out really well, and I miss it now.
At other times it’s been about reacting to situations that I did not see coming. The past year or so definitely falls into that category; each new day is mostly unknown, and each day accomplished is a risk met and overcome. I’m rekindling the aforementioned wonderful friendships, am making new memories to rival the old, and my professional and research-y commitments and interests are gradually taking their old place in my life again. 2012, then, has been one big risk, every day, but all is working out well. I’m getting it all back on track by taking life slowly, constantly reflecting on what I’m doing, and pulling back slightly if it gets too much.
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