Every end is also a beginning. A beginning of something else, maybe something better, maybe something worse, something different.
Last week has been our last week of “formal” studying: heard our last lecture, wrote our final Antares exam, and completed all our assignments and workbooks. Now we can really start seeing the finish line, but as runners know the best, the last few kilometers are always the hardest (even when you’re having fun).
This week we’ll all be doing our practical exam – a three hours game drive, led by us completely. Having to talk about many aspects of the African bush – anything from caste systems (not the Indian one), how to determine the sex of your child (Marula tree), what to bring to your potential father-in-law if you want to marry his daughter (feather from a Lilac Breasted Roller), how a female controlled society works (so we are all ready for the future of human society; elephants) and where you can find McDonald’s in the bush (Impala).
Zulu people believe that the buffalo thorn tree is like our path in life – a bit like a zigzag, every curve is a junction in our life where we have to make a decision. The thorns in these junctions represent the future and the past – two things we always have to consider when making a decision. This week we are all in this junction, just after we have finished studying, just before our final exams, looking at our past and all we have learned, and also looking straight ahead, to the near future which is succeeding in our exams. After that we will be starting a new beginning – better one? Worse one? Who knows. Like the moon, some sides are hidden and unknown. Only time will tell.
Good luck to all of us, may our best side be shown this week!