I'm jumping on what appears to be a bandwagon in the world of blogging. I've seen various bloggers post entries on things that they are currently enjoying, anticipating, loving, thinking of, etc. And I thought to myself that this might be something fun to do! I'm not certain how often I will do this, weekly seems a bit much, and bi-weekly doesn't give me enough time for interests and thoughts to shift in most cases (though I am fickle with some things). So, perhaps these will just appear whenever the mood strikes!
LISTENING TO Mat Kearney's "City of Black and White." I know that I'm a couple of years behind on this one, but I didn't start listening to Mat Kearney until spring of last year. For whatever reason, this album just really speaks to me (to borrow an old and tired trope). There is something wonderful and simplistic in the lyrics and the melodies that I just find myself really enjoying. Perhaps it's because I recently ended a non-relationship with a man that I really liked and really connected with, but I find that whenever I listen this album I think of him. Not necessarily in a bad way, or in a way that would suggest longing, but just thinking of him. Not all the time, but my thoughts drift to him once in a while. Or, perhaps it's just because Mat Kearney is delightful to listen to. Yes, let's go with the latter.
READING nothing at the moment. I know, gasp if you must. I'm "between books" right now, as silly as that may sound. The last book I read, "In the Pleasure Groove" by John Taylor of Duran Duran, was one of the best rock memoirs I've had the pleasure of reading. I find when I finish reading something that I enjoyed so much, it takes me a short while to recover from it. That makes no sense, I'm well aware. Sitting on my nightstand, however, is "Alive in Necropolis" by Doug Dorst, which I fully intend on starting before this week is over. I had actually started this book last year, and put it down a couple of chapters in. I just wasn't in the mood for it at that juncture. Hoping to get through it the second time around!
THINKING ABOUT life. It's such a simple thing, yet such a grand thing. We only get one kick at it all, and lately I find myself thinking about my own life, choices, path, and the things that I want from myself. A lot of my thinking lately has to do with my career. What I'm currently doing, it's not what I see myself doing in the long run. Do I love aspects of what I do? Absolutely, but I long for something more. I'm in a position where I don't want to quit my job and go back to school, I couldn't afford my lifestyle even with a loan, and I'd prefer to do something online or via distance. The problem is finding something that pertains to my interests, and will allow me the time to continue working. I've not delved too deeply into this as I've just begun thinking of it recently, but it's on the forefront of my mind often. Life is what you make of it, and what am I made of?
LOOKING FORWARD TO New York! I think this one goes without saying. It's still a little over three weeks away, but the anticipation is already bubbling over. When 2012 rolled into 2013, I promised myself I would do things that I wanted to do, and not let the little things hold me back. When I began planning this trip, I worried about travelling alone, being in a big city that I'd never been in before, experiencing things that were new and strange to me. And then I wondered to myself, "Why?" I crave adventure, shouldn't those be things that excite me? I was scared when I bought tickets for the play I'm going to see - it meant I couldn't back out. I was scared when I purchased my plane tickets - oh god, airplanes with a stranger sitting next to me. But since receiving my confirmation from the airline, I haven't been able to stop smiling, haven't been able to stop making lists of places I want to go, things I want to do. Yes, I'm still a little scared, this is a big adventure for me, but more than anything else I am so excited that I could burst.