Produced by kdanceydowns
I’m sure this phrase has more often than not run through most of your heads. To be fair, it has run through mine more times than I am willing to admit.
In the last 27.5 years of me being alive, there have been fair shares of ups and downs – family, love, money, education, and career, making choices about the future. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, hence the idea of having a delete button in my life is very, very appealing.
Around a couple of years ago, after putting it off for so long, I went to see a therapist to deal with an ongoing issue I’ve been having. It was around that time where I decided on maybe going back to school, and maybe leaving the country for a little while.
Because you can never know what you’d miss if you never leave right?
Coming from a (little) big city, Kuala Lumpur does stress a person out sometimes. Traffic, air and noise pollution, the sheer amount of people, skyscrapers – I decided I really should tear myself away from such a stressful environment. You can imagine my excitement during my research on BU and finding out where it’s situated, I knew the place was perfect for the change I needed.
I arrived in Bournemouth at the tail end of summer. The sun provided a different kind of warm than that of Kuala Lumpur – it was like a warm, comforting hug. The air was crisp and clear, the sound of the waves crashing against the sand was calming, and going for a run at any time of the day didn’t feel like I was going to melt into a puddle of mush. And the people – regardless of cultural background – are warm and friendly. And I think the tallest building I’ve come across so far is like, 10 floors high.
Knowing that I can go to London or any other city at any time is reassuring (I’m still a city girl after all) because it is easily accessible. All in all, I would recommend Bournemouth to anyone who’s looking to get away from the city and live somewhere else for a change, but still not being too far from one.
Life doesn’t have an undo or a delete button and thinking back, it shouldn’t even have one, but I believe it has a reset button, when you really need it.
By Lina Abdul Halim