I've been down with flu for 3 days now and was itching to see the new Star Wars film having avoided all media reports so I would know nothing about it. So I dragged myself from my sick bed yesterday and ventured to the cinema with my sons to see it. We're all big Star Wars fans in my house. I won't mention anything about it in case anyone hasn't seen it yet but it was worth the effort. A much darker film than expected but highly enjoyable and a definite must see for us die hard fans. I'll get out again for another viewing over Christmas, once I get rid of this dose.
And as today is the winter solstice, (a special date in my calendar) I'll wish everybody a happy solstice and look forward to the days lengthening again. (I'm thinking about reclaiming this holiday back again from the Christians)
Anyway, I've decided to finish up with the OU, I've completed 5 years and have my 300 points so I'm going to cash them in and go. This is the third dose of flu I've had in as many months and it comes at the end of what has been a very tough 3 years both personally and professionally. At this point I feel completely burned out with study but I also feel I'm missing out on too many other things. I've turned down so many invitations recently and missed out on job opportunities that I'm really resenting the time I have to give to the books so I think it's time to go. I'm going forward to the new year with a great line from The Force Awakens - the belonging you seek won't be found in the past but in the future - so that's where I'm headed with my degree and hopefully a new job as well come January.
So good luck everybody with your studies and I hope you all have a lovely solstice/winter fest/Christmas and a happy and productive new year.
And for all us Star Wars fans, may the force be with you.
"itching to see the new Star Wars film having avoided all media reports so I would know nothing about it"
In one of the online games I play, some people have renamed their characters to be spoilers for the film, the ratbags!
I celebrate the solstices; I was born on the Summer Solstice.
Presumably, you'll have a few years during which you could come back and do the remaining credits, should circumstances change?
"So good luck everybody with your studies and I hope you all have a lovely solstice/winter fest/Christmas and a happy and productive new year."
Thanks Simon for the comments, they did ask me if I wanted to defer my course until next year with the possibility of coming back but I can't see it happening at this point. I would have liked the hons but I've had a few very challenging years and I need a few very chilled out years now to relax and unwind. I started painting a couple of years ago for relaxation and pleasure and when I exhibited some of my work recently people were wanting to buy them and I received a couple of commissions so I think that's where I'm headed for now, and the bonus is, I really love doing it and it just completely chills me out, I even call it my therapy!