There is nothing like a half hour run to start the day full of energy. The sun peeks through the low hanging clouds and the sky looks different every morning. At moments like that I am totally in touch with my primal feelings: running across the savannah instead of staring at a computer screen.
My enthusiasm for sport is a wave movement, a couple of months on and then some months off. Here in Gillingham I seem to have struck a routine, perhaps mainly due to Parkrun. This is an activity organized throughout England, and also in our town. Every Saturday morning you can join a 5 km run, where everyone starts at the same time. At the finish, your time is registered and you can see your progress on the website. This certainly triggers the small amount of competitive instinct that I possess. During the week I often run with a colleague.
In my work I am also starting to warm up. For the last three months I have worked as a research assistant at the institute where Freddy is doing his PhD. My temporary contract expires after today. But yesterday I was offered a permanent position as a Research Fellow. A fantastic opportunity: a job in my field, at 20 minute cycling from our house! The research they do here is about development, especially in small-scale agriculture. It has a strong practical element because the institute also conducts and evaluates projects.
With this new step, the way forward is becoming more clear. I would like to quote Bilbo (Lord of the Rings) on this:
The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the road has gone
And I must follow, if I can
Pursuing it with eager feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet
And whither then? I cannot say.