Sunday, June 4, 2017

Baby Steps Outside




Occasionally people ask me what life is like since I left my job at Blue Man Group.  I can tell you, it's strange!  For a long time, I was struggling to figure out what day of the week it was.  I kept thinking it must be Sunday - that it looked like Sunday.  When I finally realized it looked like day, which I normally only saw on Sunday's (I was off Monday's as well, but those always had a miserly feeling with an undercurrent of dread - knowing time was slipping away and there was a coming need to return to work on Tuesday), I couldn't stop laughing.  I've probably told that to half the people who will ever read this post by now, but it is significant.  DAY.  I spent 8 years working 40 hours/week (more or less) in a windowless basement office with only occasional sojourns outside for lunch or walks.  This year, I got to see spring unfold, I've more-or-less been on top of my planting timing in the garden(s), and my eyes are awash with color and light.  I'm even getting a farmer's tan that reminds me so much of my childhood and of my grandmother's tan that I get these wonderful/tragic little flashbacks.

I've also been to California for a week.  My sister in law, Jodi, got me a rental car and a round trip ticket to go out and help with her school's California Gold Rush festival.  I was the mining town's blacksmith.  I spent most of the week visiting with my step father, Daron.  There is lots to say about that, but I've got to go to New Jersey later today for a tech rehearsal.  Another United Nations gig is coming up this week (World Ocean's Day), and I'm getting too antsy to sit in front of the computer.

Making my first pair of tongs, Daron operating the forge blower.  The school's garden (with chickens) is in the back.
So, I'll sign off for now with one last thing: I'm trying to post something to this blog or Project Happy Life's social media at least once/day.  Most of what I've been doing lately is on Instagram; I've been wrestling with the perfectionist tendencies in my mind and letting the blank blog post scare me... pressure, you know, it has to be good... blah blah blah.  This is me trying to train myself to let go and take baby steps as needed.



1 comment:

  1. Doing something worthwhile really makes you happy and gives inner satisfaction that you are actually doing something. Way to go and best of luck for future.

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