It was an important event for me, so much so that in the weeks leading up to it I slept fitfully amidst dreams of failure, and the adrenalin rush caused by facing eighty automotive students during the first session made my heart pound. I tried to break the ice with a joke centred around Pixie's 'What Goes Boom' (my heart - geddit?), but it was like holding a match to the Antarctic as twenty-year-old students evidently do not listen to Pixies..... The second round, with a group of thirty hair and beauty students fared a little better thanks to the sharing of snacks (as they informed me: "sharing is caring"), and a bit of coaching from my host who is possibly only known to some of the students as 'Learner Engagement', but who I found to be a talented artist with an incredibly moving and motivational story - but I'll leave that for her to tell.
Happily I didn't make any more music-based faux pas' and discovered that the video for 'Infinity' by Guru Josh c.1990 despite holding great fashion comedy value, (gold hareem pants and bare chests for the men - nice) will still cause impromptu 'arms in the air' dancing. I also discovered that when you follow that video with the statement that 1990 was also the year one of your parents died, an audience will sit up and listen.
A lecturer during one of the talks asked whether the good things that have happened in my life were down to luck or conscious decision making and I guess that it's a combination of the two. I didn't want a teenage pregnancy so I took contraception - I was lucky that it was effective. I didn't want to be skint so I chose to go to work - I was lucky to find a job straight away. I didn't want to be asked every day of my working life why baking potatoes are priced differently to normal potatoes so I went back to college - I was lucky to be born in a country where that college education is free. I wanted to pursue a corporate career and continue it after having children - I was lucky to meet and marry a man who doesn't expect his wife to stay at home.
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Soundtrack: Get Lucky - Daft Punk