There’s a lot to be said about doing what you love as your profession. Not everyone does just that or is lucky enough to find a way to make a little money as they progress through life by doing something that excites them and keeps them motivated.
I’ve been one of the lucky ones and I have been reminded of that fact many times in my life. Most recently, I had a little downtime in writing assignments. I used that time to do some personal organizing and downsizing, other activities I find I like and look forward to when I get the chance.
If the internet and social media are so fast, why does it seem like it takes us longer and longer to communicate?
That conundrum, if you will, struck me some time ago, when I received an email from a friend I’ve known since junior high school. (Guess you can tell how old I might be, right? You don’t hear “junior high” much anymore, it’s been “middle school” for some time.) We’ve stayed in touch off and on over the years, but not regularly. I lived on the opposite side of Colorado, so it wasn’t like we could meet for dinner or drinks whenever we felt like getting together.
I used to walk a lot. Really liked it, too. I was fortunate to live and work within a half mile, so it seemed to be a natural thing to do every day.
When I moved across Colorado to the way too-crowded Front Range and Denver, I didn’t have the same chance. So you could say I kind of lost my way on the path of my life. That applied to where I was trying to go professionally and personally as well.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that our TV may be sentient. Really.
Well, OK, not really. But for the last week or two, almost like clockwork, it has been turning itself off and back on. We don’t touch the remotes, and it was always doing this little trick at nearly the same time every night. I mean within minutes.
Believe it or not, this isn’t totally unusual. When I looked up the problem online, I came across many such questions. Some were about the same brand, but others were involved as well. We are supposed to have it repaired early next week, and it’s likely something such as a faulty capacitor. So don’t expect me to tell you in a week or two that our TV has started branching out and is turning the lights on and off, or starting the oven or coffee pot. But it’s been something different, that’s for sure.
If we were having coffee, I’d also talk about getting several freelance writing assignments over the last 3-4 weeks from the only client I have that pays real money. They pretty much came out of the blue, and they seemed to come together better than usual. College students getting ready to graduate are usually too busy to return phone calls, but several did. So it was fun getting those stories out the door.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you to always watch out if you have someone do any major work for you. The company that does all but the mowing of our lawn (my job) messed up. They power raked and aerated the lawn on a day when it was raining and even snowing. So the equipment didn’t rake up the dead grass, it just left it on top. And their are indented tracks where they turned the equipment to do the next row. Maybe we should have told them to skip it, but don’t you think a longtime lawn care company should have know better, too?
If we were having coffee, I’d recount a very nice visit with a good friend from the other side of the state and her daughter. I hadn’t seen them since last summer, so we had a chance to get caught up and enjoy a meal. They’re supposed to be coming back over at the end of the month, so I hope we have more time together. Visiting and socializing is something I don’t do as much of as I used to, just because I’m job searching and not employed full time. Plus there are things I have to take care of around here. So anyway, a good time.
Looks like my cup is about out, guess that’s all for now. It was good to catch up, take care and see you soon.
I haven’t really been one to make resolutions. It seems like a process designed to fail. Unless you have a super ability to dedicate yourself to what are usually very challenging changes.
Not that I should – and usually don’t – shy away from change. It’s just that the start of a new year is really just a date on the calendar. If that’s what someone needs to motivate them to change something, then I guess that’s fine. It just seems kind of arbitrary.
At any rate, the new year is a time to wonder what might happen in one’s life. If someone would have said at the start of 2014 that I would make the changes I have, I would have wondered what they had been sipping. But changes came my way and I’m coping as well as I can, with the help of family and friends. I guess that’s about the best you can expect.