So a few weeks ago I noticed that my colleague had a link to a blog on her status. After a long day at work, boredom and a glass of wine in hand, I decided to follow the link…it almost felt like following the rabbit down the rabbit hole in that classic timeless story. Let’s rewind a little…
I had just a few months ago relocated to this city from a pretty rural town. The adjustment was something straight out of a horror movie. The people seemed different to what I was accustomed to. It seemed like I would never fit in or find joy here.
So I resorted to downing a glass of wine after work to take the edge off and to fill some kind of growing void. So there I was, randomly on this blog… I expected recipes or makeup tips. Control, the title of the first post I saw captivated me… I sure needed control … it’s something I felt I was losing my grip on at that time. I was spiralling down this dark hole of isolation.
3 hours later and I had completed reading every post on that blog. Not out of boredom, but rather inspiration and motivation. These problems and emotions she spoke of were relatable…they hit home…but more than that, the posts offered a way out along with coping mechanisms. I suddenly found myself looking at this city in a different light…the isolation changed to hunger for new experiences, new friends, and a broader horizon. Getting to see the world through the eyes of someone else gives you such perspective… even more so when the perspective is of someone who loves life and lives it to the fullest. It was so refreshing to finally be excited about life again… needless to say you will find me every Wednesday and Sunday with bated breath waiting for my bi-weekly fix…. A rabbit hole? …it was more like a porthole to being free again.
Sineid Patha is a Geography teacher in Johannesburg. He is not a blogger [yet].