When you take part in a talent competition or submit a scientific article/thesis - you expect the quality of your work to get critically assessed by a panel of experienced professionals. It's not personal - it's an opportunity to grow. Similarly, when you voice an opinion on social media, you have to be prepared for… Continue reading Cruel to be kind
My toes leave the ground; My atoms float in limbo. My clothes in a heap on the ground; My goodbye - without a sound. My heart loses its rhythm, its signal; My thoughts evaporate and expand. My carbon rearranges in a black hole And I become Hydrogen, I become Helium. -------------------------------------------------------- A life changing moment… Continue reading Two moons in the sky
When you get a new car or you borrow a friend's car, your foot still has to learn the exact pressure needed to accelerate (without looking like a rude show off) and the exact pressure needed to brake smoothly (without looking like an anxious learner driver). Not only am I learning to enjoy my new car which I inherited from… Continue reading Serotonin Switches
Drive to Hartbeespoortdam “Harties”, North-West province – 58km, 1 hour My husband and I decided to test out his snazzy new Jeep and took a drive to Hartbeespoortdam this past Sunday. It's a scenic drive between the Magaliesberg mountains and thorny green bushveld, very popular among motorbike fanatics. The rest of us non-motorbike fanatics love… Continue reading Jeep. Sunday drive. Sunshine. Discussing life.
It is a relief to admit that I am depressed. I blurted it out to my mom at Saturday breakfast, with tears dripping into egg yellow, chai tea. The waiter pretended he didn't see. I admitted it guiltily to my husband after he woke me up on the couch after a sleepless Friday night of… Continue reading Riding the wave
“The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you're supposed to go up and down when you're supposed to go down. When you're supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When you're supposed to go down, find the deepest well and go down to the… Continue reading Standing still and moving on
I see it in my growing obsession with the full moon, the extra chin hairs that have sprouted and the wildness of my eyes. I feel irritation and irrationality boiling underneath my human skin, my eyes twitching, my growl – a warning. I have lost interest in mundane discussions about traffic and politics – my… Continue reading Tiger, Tiger, burning bright
Scientists go crazy for conferences. We always have an internal competition about who can collect the most freebies from exhibitors; we love a good party with professors dancing on tables and although most of us are introverts, we love to accidently hang out and network with other passionate nerds. Working in the public sector and… Continue reading Sometimes I forget
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”- Victor Frankl A few weeks ago, we had a seminar by Dr Paula Fernandes, a psychologist from the Femina Breast Clinic, Pretoria. She counsels women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and have to make difficult decisions with regards to genetic testing… Continue reading What is your theme song?
I never wanted to be the red eyed, slurring, drunk lady at the bar who shares her tragic story with whomever is unfortunate enough to wait a little too long for their cocktail/beer/brannewyn & Coke. We all have that one aunty whose service providers are always unreasonable and that one friend whose boyfriends are always… Continue reading Graciously vulnerable