It’s been a while, I’m not trying to actively evade blogging, but I’ve been focused on only writing when something strikes my fancy and truly compels me. Writing for writing’s sake never did anyone any good, and I’ve learned more and more this summer that I need to do more listening and processing before banally pushing out more words out into the world. Words are precious, they need to be selected carefully. Just because something can be written, doesn’t mean it should. As an extravert, that’s a lesson I’m still learning.
It’s been a rocky year for many no doubt, which makes it twice as important to check in with yourself and evaluate your place in life occasionally. So anyway, I’ll fill you all in on what I’ve been up to during the pandemic.
Running—I can finally do a 5k (though, it’s a rather slow one).
Backpacking—I’ve seen the canyonlands of Moab, the sunsets of Colorado, some crystal-clear lakes; and even a little bit of Wyoming. I also tackled my first Fourteener as an adult, one of the arduous things I’ve ever accomplished, but well worth the bit of trepidation.
Moving—I decided to move in with one of my longtime high school friends, a quirky bartender with a heart of gold and twice as much wit. I needed a new place to call home for a truly fresh start and a close of a chapter.
Guitar?—My roommate lent me one to test out. Perhaps I may discover some semblance of musical ability over the last month of summer. I’ll keep you all informed.
Soul Searching—the last few months have been a tumultuous sea of change. One of my greatest role models moved onto a new opportunity at work, I have a new home, new relationships, and a multitude of new experiences. All of that amidst a global pandemic can be faintly overwhelming at times.
Gratitude—I want to reemphasize the deep level of gratitude I feel for this summer and the privilege to still enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures. I’m grateful for health, loved ones, and new beginnings. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be vulnerable and fully feel and worry about the rest to come later. If you haven’t thought about what you’re appreciative of recently, possibly jot a few things down.
Twenty-three is a bizarre period of life, where you can hear a distant melody of what you should be doing with your existence, but there is too much noise to truly know what that clear path entails. I’ve been working on journaling more, talking less. Processing further, filling my days with experiences and adventures with an innate focus on the now. But the future and the anxiety that comes with it still creeps in from time to time. That’s where the soul searching comes in.
A few other thoughts to leave you all with…..Anne and I are sunsetting the podcast portion of our blog until further notice. We’re both so busy, that we don’t currently have the proper capacity and attention to devote to it. Our intention though is to keep up the blog on a more regular basis, and maybe one day visit one another if COVID ever passes. Also, we both would highly endorse a proper listen of Taylor Swift’s Folklore album that recently came out. It’s a solid piece of storytelling.
A final tidbit—I’m currently listening to “The Power of Now” on Audible. I would favorably suggest it. That’s all for now, folks. Stay safe and well.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.