I haven’t written here for a long time but it’s not because I haven’t had anything to write about. Life keeps speeding along, waiting for no one, accepting no excuses.
Last week has been crazy but it’s the improvised breaks that are always the most meaningful. One day it was getting out of class early that gave me half an hour of schedule vacuum—that wonderful feeling of having 30 minutes to just be rather than do. An evening meeting was canceled, allowing me to get in an impromptu five mile run at sunset. My coworker took over an afternoon shift so I could go home and take a twenty minute nap. One morning it was a friend joining me during my morning power coffee downtown. I was putting finishing touches on a spreadsheet, she was stressing about job interviews. I had no wisdom to offer. These brief distractions—though invisible to outsiders—are a tremendous help; they’re a brief escape from the singularity and the razor-sharp focus that is too often my life.
I had some big exams this week, a career fair, mixers with recruiters, more IT activity than usual, and a networking (not the computer kind) event in Phoenix. I learned how to saddle and ride a horse, and I got trapped in an elevator. I went mountain biking and got into the nitty gritty of deferred taxes on consolidated financial statements. I learned the difference between Hindu asceticism and Buddhist meditation. Nothing is new.
Don’t forget to smile : )