“Why can’t you stay forever?”
– Just Another Day, Jon Secada
I have been living the life of a vagabond for some months now. I hope to launch a fresh start next month in the continent, God-willing, and will be glad indeed to leave Britain for a while. I have loved it, but it is time to move on.
This new awakening is something I have been looking forward to for some time now. The uncertainty of this postdoctoral life tests not only my emotional strength and the resilience of my spirit, but also the focus of my mind. These past few months I have been traveling a lot, and this has been incredible for my self-development. I have seen and done and heard and discovered a lot. And this, I intend to continue for many years to come.
But in some ways, I feel I have been rather spoilt by these travels, and that my academic career has reached a state of stagnation in some sense. Academia involves so much sitting and reflecting and intellectual crafting — and to be able to do all these productively, we need the luxury of time, a secure place we may call home, adequate access to resources, and the focus and headspace to think and write, and rethink and rewrite. I’ve had time, but unexpected events that jeopardized everything else has led me to seek a new beginning elsewhere, where I may properly close one chapter and open a whole new book altogether.
I am on my final journey with my family across Italy and Spain at the moment, and have promised myself that after settling into my new environment, I will work myself like a machine. Playtime’s over. Time to be serious.
The photo above was taken at the Basilica de San Marco in Venice on a cloudy afternoon. This is my third time in Venice, but each visit always feels like the first.