Snowman, Peter Fischli and David Weiss (1987/2016)
SFMoMa, April 2018 ☃️☃️ Today in Bandung the temperature has reached 29’C and I really long to be inside that box.
I try my best to chill in this sweltering heat and grateful for my cold coke (that is now getting warmer) and a good book (Small Island by Andrea Levy - so good!). August is indeed a wicked month when it comes to its unforgiving heat. However, August has given me lots of wonderful news. Someone who knows me well told me that I tend to ‘ignore my achievements and move on’ and my best friend told me that ‘you are full of nerves and worries’. Then it just hit me that yeah I do that a lot, I never let myself take a break and I constantly worry over things. Visa applications, exam results, work stuff, uni things - courses, compulsory reading, housing, etc etc. I also worry about my tbr. I have shelves full of books to be read and I’m leaving in a month - what will I do with them??? So okay, take a deep breath. Have a break. Be that cool snowman.
August has been full of worries but it also has given me things I should be grateful for (aside from my now warm coke). I passed my teaching qualification course that I had been working on for the last 2,5 years part-time. I did that while working in four different places (yep I need my💰) so I think I deserve a pat in the back.
I got accepted in UCL and I will be studying MA Applied Linguistics in the best Institute of Education in the world (okay, now I’m worried again). And I finally have my study visa after months of crazy admin stuff.
That, including my birthday, has made August my month 😊😊. I don’t think I could make it this far if it weren’t for my family and my best people. They’re truly the best for keeping up with me - all panicky and nervous all the time 😂😂. Someone asked me long time ago when I was about to take my teaching qualification in London, ‘are you sure? You’ll be teaching European students which you had no experience in. It will be different than your usual students. It will be difficult.’ Let me tell you what’s difficult: for people like you to understand that nothing is impossible when you set your heart on it.