On my last day at work on the 28 January 2010, there were many tearful farewells and many gifts I received. The bookish gifts I’ve got was a The Daphne Du Maurier Companion by Steph, which I’m ever so pleased with; which also means when I finished up my entire collection of Daphne Du Maurier books and read this companion, I’m on my way to become a Daphne Du Maurier expert! 😉 Steph also gave me the book, Stuart, A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters. The book is a biography of Stuart Short. It explores how a young boy, somewhat disabled from birth, became mentally unstable, criminal and violent, living homeless on the streets of Cambridge. As the title suggests, the book starts from Shorter’s adult life, tracing it back in time through his troubled childhood, examining the effects his family, schooling and disability had on his eventual state.
Mandy gave me her sons’ favourite bedtime story, The Bear under the Stairs, for my two little boys. She said it was her two boys favourite bedtime stories (One is a teenager now, the other is 10) and hope it would be my boys’ favourite too. Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye from both of us after receiving this gift.
It is hard to walk away from a job where I have made so many lovely friends, but I must go. I was reminded why I must go, as my mind flash back to three years ago in early 2008…….
When I first started blogging, I was in a bad shape.
2008, fresh out from graduate school and the credit crunch came along. While looking for a job, I started reading for pleasure and for 8 months of unemployment I read a total of 96 books. I started blogging about books about the same time I got this job offer. For 2 years I have been working on a job that I didn’t like (but I like to help out everyone at work, it is just the content of the job that I didn’t like), but pays the bills. On this job, I still read and blog more than ever, even when there were relatively few readers out there who actually read what I have to say in 2009. The few attempts I tried to shut the blog down, I ended up not having the heart to do it.
Every serious blogger has an emotional tale to talk about the first time they blog and why they blog. It was emotional for me because I began blogging when I was feeling at the bottom of the pit. I kept blogging because the prolificacy and the small “success” of my blog brought me indescribable contentment and that more than compensates for the failure I felt in my career and in my life.
After 2 years the effect of the crunch are still felt in the UK, God has been great and last December I was offered a new job in London. This job will put me back on my preferred track and do what I love to do most, i.e. process improvement and operationalise strategic plans. As much as I wanted this change, I expect the change will impact my reading and blogging habit:
- I would possibly only be able to write one review (or post) a week, maybe none.
- I will probably read less. Although the train journey is longer (half an hour) but the train is mostly packed and I may not get a seat.
- I will read more from my own shelf as I can’t keep track of all the different library due dates for different books.
- I will have to sleep early because now I can’t hide my sleepy eyes behind my desk if I stay up to blog past midnight, when I’m expected to facilitate brainstorming sessions and occasional trainings.
- I will not be able to comment on your blogs as often as I like, but I will try my best.
Today is my first day at work in my new job. Whatever happens, I will keep this blog breathing because it has sustained my sanity and also because I have all your encouragement and comments to spur me on. Thank you my friends. I really appreciate the support!
If there is any consolation, I will now have access to London Westminster Library resources. The last I checked, they have all the Japanese and Arabic Literature I am dying to read; which means I don’t have to buy my own copy. The Confession of the Mask, all four(4) of the Sea of Fertility tetralogy by Yukio Mishima, I saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti, The dark side of love by Rafik Schami etc etc.. will all be available in Westminster Library.
And then there are the bank (public) holidays, spring breaks and holiday seasons when I could do some catch up.
When I look back, so much blood, sweat and tears had gone into churning out those blog content, same goes to all your blogs that I have been following so far. Lets keep this community running as long as we can, shall we? 🙂
The only constant in life is changes, but I will never stop reading books and blogging about it. 😉