May was the month from hell. School was madness, a dozen essays, thesis proposal and presentations all due at one brain crunching time and work...well I’m not going to say much about that. Work is status quo – a quo I’m working very, very hard to change as soon as possible.
I was exhausted just about every day, couldn’t sleep and everything hurt – my body, my mind. Sometimes I felt like my soul was too full of pain and hope and anger – like I could barely put thoughts together that weren’t tinged with resentment and urgency and frustration. I’m still finding equilibrium, still sort of staggering back to a happier space. This course on Gender and Transformation has been...life changing. This is no exaggeration – literally life changing. Sometimes I feel like I put a part of myself to sleep years ago, when I realized just how hard life is – and that part of me, that dormant part of Nomonde, has just shaken awake and I’m just feeling all these things. The conversations I’m having, the books I’m reading, the course work, all of it is tearing off the bandages I’d wrapped myself in. I am numb no more, blind no more, but now I can no longer pretend not to see the constant injustice of the society we live in and the endless layers of oppression that mire us in ugliness.
I’m in a dark place right now – very dark. I’ll write more lucidly about how I feel about all of this when it doesn’t feel so close, when it’s not suffocating me.