Where Are You Going Next?
“People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things. It’s rare that you see an artist in his 40’s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare.” Steve Jobs
“Where are you going next?
When did I become a person that people ask that question to?
“Im taking my daughter to ballet, tap, modern , rehearsal.” I’m taking my son to surfing , boxing, tennis. We are going to the park, beach., theatre, museum, ballet or movies.”
When they were younger we took vacations to Hawaii, Mexico, Palm Springs and Skiing . But as my daughter became more involved in dance, and my son became more involved with movies, we mostly went to NY. We could visit our family and my daughter could dance and we could see plays, museums and shop. It was easy and my kids really got to know NYC.
And then my world changed. After a period of debilitating grief, it was accept, change yourself or prepare to die. I don’t agree with Steve Jobs. I think when you have to change you do. It is usually for the better. When you have to get out of the old patterns, you do. When you have to learn to see the world differently, amazing things can happen. It isnt the life , I thought I was going to have, or even the one I wanted, but it is a lot more interesting, curious and awe-inspiring.
Where am I going next became a very real question for the person I have become. I’m going to Australia and Tasmania . See you in a few weeks,
Have a wonderful time. When do you take off?
Have a great time…enjoyed your piece
good stuff 🙂
Hi Jayne, I’m a fan of the response William Safire gave when he was asked why, late in his career, he was changing jobs … his answer has become my motto: “When you’re through changing, you’re through.” See ya soon, Harv