So, I spent 5 months in the cold and grey Glasgow with a family member. Work was really difficult to find and it rained all the time (something this African born child wasn’t very used to). Tried working as a direct sales person, you know the ones you avoid eye contact with in the streets because you don’t want to be sold to, and I can honestly say WOW!!! Never again.. My sympathies go to people who do that sort of work because people can be really mean to them (changed the way I thought about them for sure). I was miserable to say the least..
After spending Christmas with my Aunt and Uncle in Somerset and chatting with them about my work predicament, my Aunt suggested doing some work experience type work in the school she used to work for, probably one of the most prestigious schools in the South West of England. I met with the headmistress, who was absolutely lovely and after a couple of weeks she offered me a position in the matron’s team in one of the boarding houses. There was no pay for the work but I was offered accommodation and food free of charge… Not a bad offer but I was concerned about not earning…What did I do?
In one of my tearful phone calls to my mum, who was back home in Zimbabwe, she talked to me about looking for work and a place to live in Bath.. One of our ongoing jokes is that ‘She feels things in her bones’ and usually it’s bang on (when in actual fact it’s in her spirit). This was a bizarre discussion because I didn’t even know where Bath was. I only knew the city existed was because I’m a huge Jane Austin fan and the city features in most of her books. I trust my mum wholly and listened (lucky I did this time😂).
Just after New years I came down to the beautiful city of Bath for an interview at a private school. Can I just say how blown away I was by the beauty of this incredible city… WOW… If you haven’t been it’s worth it more than you know.. I was offered a position there and then.. After discussing the 2 job opportunities, I decided on the one I had gotten without any family help, but on my own merit. I went back to Glasgow packed my things and moved down south in 2 weeks. Best desicion I ever made.
I had to learn even in the depths of misery and unhappiness you can’t give up because there is always something absolutely perfect for you just around the corner. Bath was exactly the right place for me for where I was in my life’s journey.