The Gift of Ourselves

Many of us are looking forward to this Christmas break to de-stress and let loose. The news of the lockdown measures in the Netherlands may have come as a disappointment.  But fortunately, only the surroundings have changed, and the Christmas break still remains.

For me personally, this Christmas break was my motivating factor throughout my last block.  There were many instances during the course of my block where I felt as though I couldn’t be myself.  In between my tutorials, lectures, and study sessions, it came to a point that the highlight of my day was getting a coffee at the Polak coffee machines.  As someone who enjoys reading books, I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t remember the last time I made physical contact with a book.  So for someone like me, who’s been putting so many of these things off for the past couple of months, this break has really come as a blessing.

In a larger sense, this current situation has given me the time and space to be with myself and to reflect on myself.  Or if I may even pretentiously say “find myself”.  With university cruising through in a heartbeat, we’re constantly surrounded by people and interactions that we so rarely get time for ourselves.  I genuinely do feel that every now and then it is important to take a step back and process what is going on. I completely get that this may not have been what everyone was looking forward to, but I guess sometimes we just have to make the best with what we have or in other words, desperate times call for desperate measures

So, I say this Christmas we go ahead and get that closure we deserve and give ourselves the gift of self-love or as I like to call it the “Gift of Ourselves”.

Written by Navin Jiji, from the Content Committee