Memo to self

I have a lot of work ahead of me.

My friends and I have been bub­bling with talk of a move to New York City. Not imme­di­ate­ly or any­thing, but the prospect excites me great­ly. I’ve always had this self-defeat­ing atti­tude that I was not good enough for New York City, but I’m try­ing to shed my self-imposed lim­i­ta­tions and lev­el up, to bor­row an RPG term. As the song goes, if you can make it New York you can make it any­where, and I’d like to see if I’m made of that stuff. I think there could be a lot for me there.

But I still am feel­ing the old frus­tra­tions, the old strug­gles, the old weak­ness­es that peck away at my poten­tial. There’s all these things I feel I could be tru­ly great at, the things I feel I have inside me that I can’t get out — I could be a great piano play­er, I could be a great design­er, I could be a great ________. What stops me?


And so, I’m on big self-improve­ment kick again.

ONE: I’m going back to school, and I’m real­ly excit­ed about it. I have a great sched­ule — just Tues­days and Thurs­days. I’m tak­ing Lit­er­a­ture Based Research (again, because I’m lazy and a ter­ri­bly non-pro­lif­ic writer), Cul­tur­al Anthro­pol­o­gy (awe­some), and Music The­o­ry I (4 cred­it hours, easy A.) I may yet be able to add a 1 cred­it Yoga.

TWO: Music has to be a big­ger part of my life. I’m play­ing semi-seri­ous­ly with a friend of mine, Elias, and we’ve had some killer song­writ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions. First time in a long time I’ve felt like I real­ly had a great musi­cal part­ner­ship that was­n’t a stu­dent-teacher thing.

THREE: Read­ing. I’ve been read­ing a great deal more late­ly. I ran into Mala­prop’s I bought an awe­some called Osman­’s Dream, a start to fin­ish his­to­ry of the Ottoman Empire. But before I start that mon­ster (660 pages!) I have to fin­ish the Steven Pinker book that Lau­ra bought me months ago, The Stuff of Thought by Sep­tem­ber 8 because the author will be at Mala­prop’s that night. For as much of a nerd I am, I have nev­er been to an author event at a book­store, and I’m look­ing for­ward to it. I should devel­op a good ques­tion for him.

FOUR: I must write. I’m feel­ing flush with words and prose and have been re-read­ing some of my old mate­r­i­al and I have to say I don’t know why I gave it up.

SUMMARY: Apol­lon­ian inter­ests must tri­umph for this next phase in my life. The end­less Bac­cha­nals that have gripped my life and lifestyle must be brought into line with my larg­er goals. I’m on the verge of some­thing, and I aim to vault myself over the edge.

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