Struggle: 14th June Prompt

[Photograph taken in Siem Reap, Cambodia in one of the temples]

Struggle

- make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint 
  or constriction.
- engage in conflict.
- strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty 
  or resistance.
- have difficulty handling or coping with.
- make one's way with difficulty.

I have become very familiar with this word over the past year, I don’t think I ever used it much BC [Before China], but here, it becomes one of your most used words and phrases (#OhChina and all that). A little struggle or challenge is something most people look for in life, something that creates a little resistance in the everyday trawl. Something to engage, test and push yourself to become a better, or maybe just a more experienced individual.

The struggle is real.” Candice uses this phrase a lot, and in consequence (they do say you pick up from your surroundings), so do I. Some struggles are good, as I said, they Continue reading

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T-11 Days and counting…

[Photo taken at the summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo. 2012]

11 days. 11 until DHSZ breaks up for the summer, and students and staff alike are free to escape, enjoy, and have some time off. HOW?! The goodbyes have begun, and the stress and panic of packing is well underway, for all of us. Goodbyes are weird. Like, this could be the last time you’ll ever be in the presence of this person again, someone who you’ve (probably) been so close to, and spent most of your time with for the past year. With Facebook and other social media platforms now, you’ll still always know what’s going on with them, where they’ve been, probably their big life events shortly after they happen. But maybe never go for a cuppa, a catch up, and just a chill with each other to bitch about the things we need to bitch about. That’s crazy.

I remember when we all went off to uni and went our separate ways back in 2009, everyone was Continue reading