At the office after 521 days

At the office after 521 days

After 521 days, I finally set foot in my office. I will only be going in once a week for the time being, but even this feels like such a chore. Not because of the work, but because of the added time having to get ready in the morning and of course the drive to the office.

I did get a strange feeling as if the last 521 days were a dream and I was only gone for a day or two. It was only a quick transitory feeling because I was wearing a mask and there were only a handful of people in the entire floor. We were only supposed to be gone for two weeks. It’s hard to believe the reality is that I was away from my office for 521 days.

Daydreams of a simpler life

Daydreams of a simpler life

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I am constantly seeking to better manage my time to do all of the things I want to do and, of course, all of the things I need to do. I have never quite reached a place where I am completely satisfied with how I manage my time. I try to tell myself that the important thing is to continue on the journey and that life requires a constant questioning and self-reflection in order to be better tomorrow than we are today.

I want to be able to laser focus on the tasks I set out to do, but the truth is that I daydream quite a bit and, honestly, I love that about myself. I enjoy wondering about things and constantly looking for more “useless knowledge” to fill my mind with.

I sometimes look through my social media where I rarely ever post anymore. I am grateful that I am no longer constantly posting and scrolling. It’s an activity that can be harmful if you’re not careful, but I don’t want to completely delete my accounts because of the memories on there and the old friendships that I see on there like ghosts of from a past life.

I was watching a video today about gardens in Kyoto and I daydreamed about going to live in Kyoto in solitude and spend the rest of my days as a gardener and groundskeeper. I felt a desire to dedicate myself to an activity that would allow me to be in nature most of the day and live a humble life without luxury and only saving to the occasional trip to explore around the country. It’s not something I could bring myself to do in real life, but it is certainly nice to think about it.

Dudamel conducts Gershwin at the Hollywood Bowl

Dudamel conducts Gershwin at the Hollywood Bowl

I was at the Hollywood Bowl again tonight and it is so far my favorite concert of the season. I knew it was going to be my favorite given my high expectations of Gustavo Dudamel and tonight being an all-Gershwin program. The program listed the Cuban Overture, Rhapsody in Blue, “other selections”, and An American in Paris. I knew whatever “other selections” was would no hold a candle to everything else. So when this guy walked on stage with a sparkly purple sports quote started singing with what I would describe as a deep woman’s voice, I was shocked. Shocked in the sense that I didn’t know what hit me when his powerful and beautiful voice sang “I’ve Got Rhythm”, “Summertime”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”. I was so moved by his voice that it even teared me up.