This month’s theme is ‘Beginnings’ There’s no better person to write a DPSN blog about beginning than June who has just begun blogging for us! As always, we’re keen for you to be part of the conversation, so let us know your thoughts on change in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.
Life is full of beginnings. Some of those beginnings we have no choice but to participate in, such as our birth, the beginning of a new year, month, week, day, the beginning of life without those who leave us through migration or death (especially), and so forth. However, there are some beginnings that we choose to initiate.
For example, on Monday 8th January 2018, I began a summer school course at the local university, which will prepare me to undertake research towards a Masters degree. In about 12 days the new school year will begin, and students, parents and care-givers, teachers (such as myself), bus drivers and the police, etcetera will begin a new round of school related activities. Many of our children have received their NCEA results, heralding a new beginning, either back at secondary school for the next level of studies, or at various tertiary institutes and places of work.
Beginnings can be quite traumatic, but they can also be very exciting. The pain of the loss of a loved one is heart-wrenching! Knowing that you will never see their beloved face again, hear their familiar voice raised in laughter, song or conversation, and watch them journey through life brings anguish to our souls! The birth of a brand new baby can be quite a painful and nerve-wracking experience, but the end result is usually one of awe and gratitude! This child brings joy into the family home once again, and helps to ease the deep pain of love lost. Such is life!
With regards to the beginning I have undertaken – I’m excited! And here are some reasons why. Our cohort of 18 is made up of people from diverse ethnicities, careers, ages, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. In spite of these differences, I have found that we connect on a lot of levels. The most empowering for me has been the realisation that all of us are determined to make a positive difference in our society, and we’re willing to support and encourage each other along the way to doing that. This knowledge has served to reaffirm my belief that there can be unity in diversity!!
Roll on 2018 with all of your beginnings, challenges, successes, losses, defeats and experiences…life is a roller coaster!