Autumn – a time of year that has felt like the start of a new year for me for a long time, probably because the academic year starts then, and I don’t think I have ever really left academia behind, in one way or another. This year, it’s more of new start than it has been in a long time. The past year has been full of stress and changes, dealing with medical issues being the major issue, but not the only one. The end of September marks two months since the surgery, and I’m starting to feel like I’m slowly managing to get my head above the surface and do more than just exist day to day.
So the question has been, what to do now? There are some obvious limitations to what I can do – I’m still a 24/7 carer, so I won’t be going out looking for a full-time job. For similar reasons, full-time education is off the cards. (Hopefully I will have reason to do an update or two on the topic of education in time).
There are three things I think I need to do in the short and medium term, things that can be done despite limitations.
Firstly, I need to get back to exercise. I went back to the gym for the first time in a good while this week, and it felt good. With a bit of luck, I’ll also be able to start running, without injuring any tendons this time.
Secondly, there are some things I want to learn that I don’t need courses for, or I can grab online courses from sites like Coursera and FutureLearn.
Thirdly, I can focus on my creative projects. I have a couple that have been left almost untouched for a while, and others I would like to do. This also includes plans to upgrade my SLR camera body when I can afford it.