Stay Curious

Landing in San Francisco on Christmas Day and reliving it with Sarah Harriet and her boyfriend Marcos was lovely and discombobulating.  I adjusted to the time zone but I still am not sure what day it is.  I have enjoyed spending time with family and friends, although my spirits have been a little depressed.  I wake up in the morning and do that mental search that you do when you do a lot of business travel and wake up in strange hotel rooms... "where am I? Oh yeah, Sarah's house in Sacramento." I drove up to Arcata for New Years Eve and Day with Harriet, Brian and Nora.  It was therapeutic to dance in the new year.  I read other people's resolutions for 2012 on Twitter and Facebook and on the long drive home I tried to come up with my own.  It just was not happening.  So much of my life is a mystery right now.  Where will I work and live?  For how long?  Will I get back to New Zealand?  When?

My intention is continue to redesign my life and itt is a work in progress.  Living without a car is so much harder here--especially when there is one at hand to use.  I am applying for lots of different kinds of work.  I realized this morning in conversation with my friend Connie that my resolve for 2012 is very simple: stay curious.

I started a list of things I learned while living in New Zealand.  I used to scoff at Oprah Winfrey's "Things I Know for Sure" because I thought what we know for sure is so often situational or true for this moment until data to the contrary is revealed. However, I can say I know these things (they have been tested!):

  • My son and daughter are even more fabulous than I ever thought possible.
  • I have great friends--truly great friends.
  • I  use $16 face cream instead of expensive Estee Lauder face cream.
  •  I can live without a car.
  • I like walking everywhere.
  • I can live where it rains all the time (hey Portland!)
  • Google+ hangouts and Skype are the best invention of the decade.
  • My Kindle program on my iPad is brilliant.
  • Libraries are even more brilliant.
  • Shopping locally is deeply satisfying.
  • The US Postal Service could save a lot of expenses and maybe a few jobs by switching from motor vehicles to bicycles.  (The Posties in NZ do it even with scary steep hills--and their calendar, if they had one, might rival the firemen!)
  • Line drying my clothes is easy.
  • I can make friends--truly great friends--anywhere.