a couple of nights ago, i received a text message from momsy informing me of a relative's passing. reminders of mortality always have an uncanny way of delivering me a tight slap of reality. granted, she had been in her twilight years and unwell for a period of time recently but the last goodbye is still always sad and shocking to an extent.

it is now the ninth month of 12. this month will see the start of a new chapter for me, work-wise. furthermore, i am happy to report that emotionally, i continue to feel more rooted. centred. it has definitely been a pleasant surprise discovering that my inference had ultimately proven true—half the duration was all i had needed. i could not be more glad; it is all just a blur in the rearview now.