I haven’t blogged in a while, and so I decided that I need to get back into it. There’s a reason for it! Here’s the little story and what I hope will be more blog posts to come. The academic year has finally ended and things are changing. I recently purchased my first car (hooray!). It’s a 2015 Subaru Impreza 5-door if you’re wondering (I named it Jake, as it represents my “alter ego”…I often present as a by the books, organized, and focused person, but I often have my ridiculous, hot mess, and spontaneous side).
The other change is that I have a cat. His name is Chester and he’s an orange tabby. I adopted him from my friend Brett, who has been fostering him for a while. I figured it would put me into more a routine and to actually get up to take care of another living thing that actually depends on me.
Soon, I will be packing up my current apartment and moving across campus to a new complex and I will be supervising a new grad student. Things are definitely changing fast!
Well, today was a great day. My office manager got to meet my cat and basically spent the entire day with him in her office. He totally loved it. Then, I had lunch with my supervisor for next year. Good food and conversations. We watched Pitch Perfect 2, which then sparked me to drive to the bookstore to get a good book to read. I stumbled upon some good finds and put some down because I knew I could get them cheaper online. However, I needed to come home to blog about my inspiration for blogging and getting back to the things I want to do, but always put aside.
I stumbled upon a book by Patrick Lindsay called Make the Most of You. It features “170 ways to be the best you can be” and the first thing says the following:
Look for Depth
Our world pushes us towards shallowness. All width and no depth. Driven by the fear of missing out, we’re constantly plugged in to our devices at the expense of real relationships and passions. Make the technology work for you; find your passions and explore them.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. -Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)
So, today was a day that I forgot my phone in the car during lunch and it was great to have lunch and a conversation that was meaningful without the need to check my phone. I knew I would get back to it in about 2 hours. I think there are so many excuses I have made up (we all have made up) that take us away from doing something, experiencing what is in front of us, and truly doing what brings us joy (passion).
So, while I was at the bookstore tonight, I decided to pick up a book to read for pleasure and I’m going to start it tonight and promise myself to read everyday until I finish it (and move onto another book, so on, and so forth). I enjoy reading, but I never make time for it. However, I make time for a lot of things that require my phone and my computer. So, I’ll crack open that book and enjoy a story once in a while.
The Make the Most of You book has a summary in the back that says that it will ask some deep questions. They are:
- Who are you?
- Where are you headed?
- What could you yet be?
- What holds you back?
Big and deep questions, indeed! I think that every day (or every couple of days), I’ll read a few of these and blog about them. It’s a good place to pause life and reflect on what actually is happening. As I enter my 2nd year of my career, I need to really think and reflect on those deep questions. I’m definitely excited to do that and start to be the best I can be for myself and for others.
If you’re curious, I bought an exclusive collector’s edition of John Green’s Looking for Alaska. I’ve been wanting to start reading his books, so I think this will be a good starting point. I hear this book is excellent and inspiring! Excited to get started!