Friday, 5 March 2010

Hanging on the Wall by the Fingertips and Toetips...




Hanging by the fingertips and toetips, but having the time of life!



If there is one picture that can sum of what university is all about at the moment, it has to be this one!



I went rock-climbing yesterday...Yeap, me...Rock-climbing...




We did two types. One with someone hoisting you up, and one without. In the above picture, I wore a harness around my waist, but that darn harness was not actually hooked to anything. But at the bottom were of course lots of mattresses (I've not completely lost my marbles, ok, especially since I'm super injury-prone).



The other one, someone helped hoist you up, which meant you could climb much farther up.





But it pretty much is what I'm feeling right now in university. I'm hanging with all I'm worth, I'm grabbing onto all the support I can get, but the main aim was to climb as darn high as you possibly can. But you also know that if you slipped, it was ok, because there was a little something to fall back on. But damn, you still want to climb higher!


And the best feeling of all, is when you reach the top! But as with all highs, there comes a time when it's time to come back down. Darn, that dual-process theory of emotion was right after all...;)





The one where someone hoists you up...




There's an amazing amount of support available, that really, the only thing that's gonna do you in in university, is yourself. Because the system was designed to help people...


Using the rock-climbing as an analogy: If you can't free-climb because your fingers are not strong enough to pull yourself up because you have a medical condition, we'll hoist you up with a harness so we help you support your weight (that's not the reason though, of course). That's like someone with say, ADHD who needs a quiet and/or distraction free environment to write exams.


6 comments:

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

That's a great analogy.. I am sure you would make it to the peak with success! :)

Joti said...

I chanced upon your blog while surfing the net. I found it well-written. You express yourself very clearly. Its rare to find a clear minded person. Its even more rare to find a clear minded person who can express herself/himself well. Do continue to write. I am sure you will make a difference in the world some day. A ding-dong? I disagree.

Anonymous said...

Hi Daphne,

I refer to an earlier blogspot of you meeting TDM and TDS. In it, you mentioned that TDS voluteered at a spastic centre. Would you have the name of that centre? I am working on a documentary of her life and am looking for people provide personal insights. Am hoping that someone from the spastic centre will be able to do that. I can be reached at steph@stephaniestamaria.com

Thank you in advance for your help. I really appreciate it.

Cheers,
Stephanie

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

Lol. I'm trying, I'm trying! But thanks for the encouragement...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Joti,

Thanks for coming by...

Haha! In my world, Ding-Dong are affectionate terms...In fact, my terrapins are called Ding and Dong (I kid you not!)...I call my brother Ding-Dong too.

Hehe...

;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Stephanie,

I just sent you an email. Sorry, wish I could be of more help, but I can't offer you more information because I don't know!