Last week's highlights:
- read voraciously
- spent QT with loved ones, on the phone and in person :)
- made a list of songs for Voice class final (in 2 weeks! ahh!)
- got Crispy M & M's from a far away land by snail mail
- attended the opening of the Surf Film Festival
- made churros from scratch with Natsuko
- started researching Japan/China as options to teach English for 2011
(and subsequently looked at Spain, Brazil, Tahiti, and Indonesia, as well.)
- had dinner with two people who renewed my faith in marriage
- re-watched Contact... and loved it
- practiced harnessing ki
- started taking Vitamin D for lack of sunlight... and waves :P
- listened to a new song "Legs"
Most days it seems the summer has wings; It's the middle of July, 2010 and and the days flip by ever faster. "All we ever have is now," I told Dominique (please smile when you say it... it's French) on the ride home last night. She is an intriguing creature and now I know why. Instead of the typical path, Dominique traveled for 15 years and ticked off 40 things she wanted to do/see before she turned forty. The list included jumping out of an airplane (sounds familiar), seeing the great barrier reef, swimming in the amazon, sailing across the caribbean, etc. -- and she went right down the list. She chose to live at once, instead of living at last.
Hawai'i is this other world, apart and floating. I am afraid sometimes that I stand too still here -- like Dorian Gray but with palm trees. The world is so vast. Dominique never had more than $2000 with her and no credit cards -- simply living by her wits and learning for a lifetime. She inspires me to keep dreaming, and more so than that to act on those dreams.
Another source of inspiration came from 25-year old film maker from San Diego, director of 'Lost Prophets.' If you have a chance to see his film, I highly recommend it. The soundtrack alone will enthrall you, combine that with jaw-dropping, deep-barrel footage, perfect peeling Mexican waves and a couple of Aussie hippies and your golden. It'll show again at the Doris: July 20 at 1, 4, and 7:30 p.m.
In a way, last week I rekindled the part of myself that wants to "go for it," that believes there's hope and that life is crazy beautiful -- and sometimes the crazy is what makes it fun life is my anti-virus.
This week's talk story is to write your bucket list. It can be as long or as short as you'd like and share it with me; I'd like to put as many of these up as I get. Have fun, there is no limit but those you place on yourself.