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.