It is October – the end of October, nogal – and I am rather dazed and confused. Can someone please tell me where 2011 has gone to? What happened to this year? Where is it? What happened? Has anyone seen it? Did someone steal it? I mean reall! It seems like flippin’ yesterday when friends picked me up to spend ten days in Natures Valley, my favourite place on South Africa’s Garden Route. This was just three days after Christmas. And now, *CrashBoomBang*, it is the end of October! Just like that. WTF!
When I was a Little Tiny Mir, years used to take forever and ever and ever. Hours seemed days and days seemed weeks. “Are we there yet?” and “How long before we are there” and “How many days until …” were my favourite questions. Yes, basically started asking questions from the moment I could speak. I guess I born to become a journalist 🙂
Anyway, I have no clue what has changed overtime, but in this stage of my life it seems to be the other way around. Time really flies at Concorde speed these days – and it is not even because I’m having fun al the time!
It probably has to do with the fact that work-wise, I have never ever been this busy since I started freelancing in 2007. The bulk of my work is for Business Live, but I am also quite busy for various Cape Media publications such as Black Business Quarterly, Leadership, Energy Forecast and The Project Manager. Other clients include Radio Netherlands World Wide (Africa) and of course Het Financieele Dagblad.
And there is always the odd-job and ad-hoc assignment that pops up. Private Life (FNB’s in-house publication) contacted me the other day, wanting me to write a story about the South African boating industry. A few months ago, I received an email from a someone working for UNICEF in Haiti. She needed a report written based on her findings, but she had no time or energy to do it. This week, someone emailed me on behalf of the Southern African Aids Trust. Whether I wanted – together with other journalists – to write a book about the role of communities in international, national and regional decision-making. Of course I said yes.
Hmm. Looking at the above, I guess I have the answer to my question “What happened to 2011?”
My work ate it.
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