Hi there Dear Readers,
How are you all doing?
If you are anything like me, then clichés irritate you. Like seriously irritate you. I get nauseous from the saccharine-sweet excessive sentimentality of feel-good clichés. I am smiling to myself right now because I just realised that my mother speaks mainly in clichés, it’s her preferred argot. For example, when I would ask if I could get a toy, she would reply with one of the following:
- All good things come to those that wait
- Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness
- A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
- A fool and his money are soon parted
- A good name is better than riches
- A stitch in time saves nine
- A watched pot never boils
As you can see, not all of these proverbs (also known as clichés) were entirely relevant to the context. But the point is, I was practically raised on clichés. It is no wonder that by the age of 10 I had quite a collection of proverb-cliches that I could recite to impress my school teachers. But more about that another time …
But back to cliches … I am willing to concede that some clichés actually have some truth to them. And, it’s possible that a cliché is only a cliché because it is over-used (and not because it is factually incorrect).
Today I want to discuss the idea of new beginnings (and yes, for this topic we have an epic range of clichés).
But why am I thinking about new beginnings? Well, today is Friday, and it has been quite a long and challenging week for me. But this morning, something happened, something quite spectacular – my colleague Genevieve came into the office with her 2 week old baby, Garlin.
A baby is undoubtedly something ‘new’. This particular baby, Garlin, is only two weeks old. So in terms of ‘life’, Garlin is very new.
How do we tend to feel about new things?
- Filled with self-doubt
Have you experienced something new lately, or, are you planning on starting something new? How are you feeling about it?
I know that many new College SA students are often anxious about their studies. Some of their concerns are:
- Will I be able to do this?
- Will I cope without a teacher?
- Will I finish my studies in time?
- How will I get my study material?
- What will happen if I don’t understand the study material?
- What will happen if something happens in my life and I need to stop studying?
[By the way, if you are looking for answers to those questions, please CLICK HERE].
It’s quite understandable that starting something new can be a bit or a lot scary. I know. I’ve experienced several new beginnings in the past couple of years. In fact, just yesterday, I was whining to myself that I am sick and tired of unexpected changes in my life (which, by default, will require new beginnings).
I’ve been working at College SA for quite some time now, and one of the (many) things that I can safely state is that all of us at College SA know that studying can be intimidating and a bit scary. We know that our students need lots of reassurance and guidance. And, that’s what College SA is about – supporting our students. I haven’t met a single College SA employee that does not want to truly help our students.
You see, at College SA we don’t sell you a fancy car and then just abandon you without explaining how to actually get into the car and operate the car. Actually, and if I can continue with this analogy, we will sit in the car right next to you and be with you wherever you drive (but in a non-creepy way of course!).
I just want to say to you, Dear Readers, that even though you may be filled with self-doubt and fear regarding your new venture, just know the following:
Dear Readers, this is me urging you to:
- Just keep walking (with or without the Johnny Walker!);
- Take the first step, then another, and then another;
- Know that it is okay to be afraid;
- Know that there is at least one person who wants to, and who is able to help you,
- Hold your chin up high and know that you have every right to believe that you can be successful;
- Be proud of yourself;
- Realise that life is about new beginnings / challenges / opportunities / ventures; and
- Do everything in your power to achieve your goals.
Take care of yourself Dear Readers,
Until next time,
PS: Here’s a final thought about cliches for you:
“You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? … This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?”
― Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body