“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell
So it has been many, many months since last I blogged. Much water has passed under the bridge of that funny old thing we call life; new beginnings in familiar cities, precious family times, travels to far-off distant lands, friendships forged, love lost and found and lost again. Time and again I have found myself looking skyward and counting my lucky stars for the fortune and blessings in my life. I am constantly surrounded by love.
Eigg has never been far from my thoughts through it all. The pull on my soul was strong and I kept on returning; each time learning something new, forming stronger bonds with the place and its people and finding it more and more difficult to leave.
The universe conspired and placed my heart’s desire before me. At the end of June a primary teaching job based on the islands of Eigg and Muck came up. And just so I could prove how much I really wanted it I was presented with a test. After being successful in an interview for a teaching post in Belfast I had to make a critical call – to risk going for the Eigg post and not getting it, or to be guaranteed a job in Belfast come September. Going for Eigg would mean leaving behind my beloved family, beautiful friends, and that gorgeous wee city which I have grown to know and love. But, if I’m honest, there was never really any doubt in my mind. Eigg has been my spiritual home since the moment I arrived here three years ago for Howlin’ Fling. This was my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make my spiritual home become my real home. I turned down the Belfast job, went for the Eigg one and here I am, a month and a half later. My first day is tomorrow! I will be teaching 4 children on Eigg and 10 children on Muck. A crazy-wonderful-thrilling challenge that I cannot wait to embrace!
I have already had a few weeks on the island to settle in. A minke whale was good enough to welcome me from the boat which was pretty awesome! I’m living in Laig with my amazing pals Saira, George and wee Maggie and am loving life on the farm with my Laig family. I’ve caught up with my gorgeous Eigg friends. I have been exploring lots of new parts of the island. I managed to catch Tadghan’s 6th birthday party which was a magical medieval extravaganza and a lovely opportunity to hang out with the Eigg wee’ins (and big ‘ins too!). All in all, Eigg is as special as ever and each day I wake up with a song in my heart. Counting my blessings.