John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk

Went off to a party last night, and I got to see some of my old friends from Durham, which was good. However, listening to the conversations that were going on did make me think about lifestyle choices (and no, that's not a euphemism for anything). Over the last few years since graduation, we've all got decent jobs, and so most of them have gone down the route of buying a house and taking foreign holidays (e.g. skiing). I have obviously left my job now, but even when I was working, I never really did those things (aside from the time I went diving), since I was preparing for university (i.e. trying to save money).

At the same time, while I had student friends, I didn't quite live the student life either - my working hours meant that I couldn't take part in various social activities during the week. That has now changed (since I've started my course), so for instance I can do a dance class at 6pm, which wouldn't have been feasible before.

I don't regret the choices I've made, and I'm much happier now than I was a year ago. It's just that some of the implications are a bit disappointing - I've become a bit isolated from my old Durham friends, and I also don't share the same history with ICSF people as they do with each other. Ah well, looking on the bright side, I'm no longer in the limbo state that I occupied for so long - I'm where I want to be, doing what I want to do, so now I should make the most of it. And I can still go travelling once I've started earning again.
Tags: dancing, postgrad

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