Life Is Always Changing — And So Are You

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I’ve been writing this article on the bus. It’s awkward; I’m not going to lie. It jitters as it cruises along, and brakes suddenly, interrupting my flow. I’m on the same bus I used to take for my old job back in Dec 2018. I worked as a temp for three weeks as a Data Entry Clerk for a delivery company. All I did was amend addresses and confirm that they were correct, so they were sent off to the right place before Christmas.

It was an easy job, except that I was doing it at from 7 pm to 6 am most nights, with a near 2-hour commute tacked on there and back. I was exhausted and cranky, but I finished the three weeks with my sanity mostly in-tact.

Fast forward to December 2019, and I’m on the same bus route, working 8 am-5 pm instead. It’s nice to see some sunlight on the commute for a change!

This time around, I’m a Data Entry Administrator. In this job, I’m logging, querying and amending existing addresses for customers and electricity suppliers alike. Incorrect addresses mean that electricity may not reach the right destination. It’s a delicate and data-heavy process. It’s my job as part of a team to make sure that there’s just the right amount of power on the grid, and that each household and business in the area get the right amount of electricity.

In short, I’ve gone from distributing packages to distributing electricity, and both the roles require addresses.

It’s kind of funny how no matter how things have progressed for the better that you still wind up coming full circle. You find yourself returning to the things that you left behind.

It could be rediscovering the music of your youth that you left in a dingy attic, or it could be reading the stories to your children that your parents read to you as a kid. It could be anything.

No matter how far we go into the unknown, we get pulled back to the familiar. It’s like a siren’s song — distant and ethereal at first, but louder and more enchanting as you get closer.

The trick to not crashing into the rocks is to know that no matter how many times you revisit something you love from your past, you can never be the person you were when you discovered it for the first time.

Life is a cycle of perpetual forward motion. I may be doing a similar job in a similar location with a similar commute, but it’s not the same job. My current job is better than the one I had in 2018. I have been working for nearly two months — more than twice as long as the old job! I’m practically guaranteed a 6-month contract, and my role could even become permanent!

Sometimes I look at the person I was a year ago and wonder how I even did that job! For three weeks, all I did was eat, work and sleep. My downtime was zero, and my weekends were a tired haze. I had to postpone my counselling sessions because I had no time for them. The only things that kept me going were sheer stubbornness and the promise of money. I think I surprised everyone by taking it on!

Here I am again, on the bus on the way to work while most people are still in bed. I hope that I never stop surprising people. That’s one thing that I hope will never change. If there’s one thing that I hope you take from my story, it’s that we are all evolving, no matter how often we come across the same situations.

Written by Miss Wren

Out of the Ashes

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Out of the ashes

A phoenix will rise

The rubble that lies before us

Is a blessing in disguise

We had been too proud

To see our looming fate

Now we know the truth

When it’s too late

We are the masters of our destiny

But Nature is the mother of all

It is by her will we stand

And by her hand, we fall

There’s hope while we’re breathing

We can build our lives again

And while we’re believing

Then our lives are not in vain!

Written by Miss Wren

The Tower of Babel – A poem

We’re terrified of being broken

We’re frightened of the truths unspoken

Our fears underneath it all

We are destined to fall

Look at that tower, standing tall

We forget that pride comes before a fall

And in our pride, we are blind to it all

When we finally see the end, we stall

Maybe it won’t happen, perhaps the end isn’t nigh

As the tower crumbles from on high

A lightning bolt strikes the steeple

And debris falls among the people

Written by Miss Wren

Better Together – A Poem

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Sometimes, we can’t get by on our own

Success may not depend on you alone

Sometimes you may need others to give you a hand

To gain a new perspective from the one you planned

Many hands are better than two

Many eyes see from other points of view

Many minds bring a wealth of imagination

Many passionate hearts fuel a conflagration

We are better off together than we are alone

When I’m with you, it feels like home

Written by Miss Wren

Where Two Winds Blow

The west wind beckons me

To a place, I’ve never been before

The east wind’s siren song

Lures me to some distant shore

I stand at the crossroads of destiny

Unsure of which path to take

Both ways represent a mystery

But it’s a choice that I must make

Whichever way I go, I can’t go back

Forever lost to the mists of time

I bow my head and pray to God

Before I cross the line!

Written by Miss Wren

Castle of the Mind

I’ve built a fort in my mind

Where I’m the queen of my fate

I’ve left all my worries behind

My mind and body integrate


Never before have I felt this power

That I wield with my own two hands

I feel the same strength in the smallest flower

Forged in a will that not many understand


Power is more than the physical

And the intention is more than the mind

The soul lies between the two, so mystical

This inner strength in me is all three combined

Written by Miss Wren

Pisces – A poem

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Two fish swim in a fast-flowing stream

Pisces, you yearn to escape into dreams

You’re intuitive, creative and a sensitive soul

You’re not interested in power or control

You’re ruled by Neptune, God of the sea

The deep blue-green planet fits you perfectly

From the turquoise shores of far-flung places

To the still pools of a desert oasis

A true romantic, you see the beauty in the smallest things

In a spring breeze, a pastel sunset or butterfly wings

Just don’t get too lost in your idea of fantasy

For there is beauty in our reality

Written by Miss Wren

Aquarius – A Poem

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Aquarius, you like to go your own way

You’re not that interested in what people say

You want to find out things on your own

You look to the future and the great unknown

Ruled by Uranus, God of the Sky

You like to see the world from on high

Sometimes you must land on solid ground

So your loved ones know you’re safe and sound

Aquarius, you’re quirky, fun and a caring soul

Always looking towards your next goal

You want to make an impact on humanity

Your life is anything but mundanity!

Written by Miss Wren

You’re not going to be 100% all the time

Over-emphasis on productivity can be toxic. An excess of anything is toxic. It’s important to not overextend yourself. No one is functioning at 100% all the time.

Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until somebody punches you in the face.” It is impossible to plan for every outcome, so it’s better to be realistic and have some wiggle room in your daily plans.

We all have bad days, but bad days don’t last. Good days always come around.

It doesn’t matter if you’re sick, injured or having a personal crisis. Better days always come around.

It’s possible to find good moments in the bad days. Use the days to take care of yourself. You won’t always want to if you’re feeling crappy about yourself, but chances are you have people who care about you. If you’re not able to do it for yourself, do it for them. Take time to rest and recover. Recognise your accomplishments. Reflect on what you need to do to reach your next goal.

Sometimes in order to keep going you must stop and take a moment to get your bearings. Life isn’t all about moving at breakneck pace to accomplish goals. It’s imperative that you take a step back. If you’re not feeling okay today, you should only do what you have the energy to do – and do the things that are the most urgent.

Get better, gather your strength and move forward. A better day is on its way.

Capricorn – A poem

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Capricorn, you like to climb

You’re patient but you don’t waste time

You know what you want, and how to get it

You’re ambitious and you have grit

You’re ruled by Saturn, the Lord of Time

A strict teacher, keeping his children in line

Sometimes Capricorns are all work and no play

But it’s okay to have fun on your off day

Underneath the seriousness is a caring soul

It’s important to let go of some control

Deep down you’re witty, loyal and street-smart

A principled person with a kind heart

Written by Miss Wren