Some weeks are sad...
This week I have been overwhelmed by social media. Sad news always makes me feel reflective. I am extremely grateful that we have an extended Easter break in higher education in Aotearoa. It means that I get to fly home to Melbourne and recharge my batteries with whānau (family) and friends.
One of the hardest things of all about being a FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) worker is that for the weeks that I am in NZ, I miss my partner and family more than I can say. Yet I try not to think about it too much because the decision I made to come to NZ to work for many, many great reasons. But it is stupidly hard, being on my own (sometimes).
Things I miss include:
- human touch
- people who get me and that know me well
- trying to work out what our cat is thinking
I have a wonderful life here in Auckland. But coming off the back of being really unwell. It is kinda sucky sometimes. I am excited to be heading home. This time I am catching up with people I haven't seen since I moved back to New Zealand which will be wonderful. Picture me waving my arms and and running around like Kermit the Frog! That's how I feel.
We've had a very busy start to the year at my place of work. Today I go the opportunity to say thank you to people from across our library for their hard work and remind them of the importance of whakatā (taking a breath/break). Many are feeling a tired and this break will be welcomed by all. I hope that you all have a chance to have a break over Easter.
Wishing all of you a restful and safe break. Fingers crossed that the weather is great wherever you are!