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The EMBABE Diaries

Two months to go

Ok, so here I am, honing a skill that will undoubtedly come in handy over the next couple of years – waking up ridiculously early in the morning (thank you, teething Holley, thank you, Finn for sneaking into our bed at 4 am, doing a loud pretend snore and then asking for water. Your combined efforts to deprive your mother of sleep have yet again proven successful. Hurray, team work!)

Two months to go to orientation week and I am beyond excited. I’m also a little anxious – no, make that terrified – thinking about all the juggling work (and actual work!) coming up and I do sometimes wonder whether I actually realise what I have gotten myself into and whether I will truly be able to manage it all. Guess this disqualifies me from the race for “fearless female of the year” but, as Mark Twain put it, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear” or, in my mother’s no less eloquent words “Ever since you were a little girl, it’s the same old story. You always say that you’re not going to manage and then you always do, so can you please stop it? You’ll be fine”. And deep down, despite all the worrying, I know I will.

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