My Cross-Country Trip
This past summer, I accomplished something amazing: I took a trip across the United States from Pittsburgh to Seattle. And since you all rock, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite photos.
Visit your mother.
Pet an elephant.
Read Wuthering Heights.
Make a sweater.
Backpack across Europe in a hot air balloon.
Pick your nose.
Date a man who never smiles and wear lipstick.
And watch him while he sleeps.
Wash your hair with laundry detergent.
Drink first thing in the morning and fall down stairs at dusk.
Get into interior design and start a punk rock band.
Stick your face in the oven and compose a sonnet.
Go to karaoke alone.
Forget your children.
Apply to be VP.
Crawl into a basket.
Strangle yourself with a vacuum power cord.
Change your oil at midnight.
But don’t read Bukowski.
And I am feeling so small.
Don’t know why I did this. Because it made me almost start bawling.
Lyrics: “Say Something” by A Great Big World
That’s the theme for 2014. Brave.
Now, if I told that to people who keep up with me, it might not seem like such a big deal. I do ridiculously random things on a day to day basis. I’ve never been one to turn down an invitation to anything, and many times I’ve even ended up in strange, uncomfortable situations for the sake of the story.
The fear I am tackling is not one of the outside world.
Fear for me has been more subtle than the shakes. Quieter than teeth-chattering. More subdued than butterflies in the stomach. That’s not to say I haven’t experienced these things — I still don’t do great with the dentist or needles or flying. But those are fears I can walk through like a coming wave.
No, instead, fear is quiet when the moment calls for a word. Fear is sitting when standing would be best. Fear is an extra half hour of television, or surfing the web, or doing this instead of that. Fear is still. Fear is not moving at all.
I’m tired of the quiet.
This year is about saying, “What am I afraid of? What is stopping me? What do I need to do to stop being afraid and just do – do and share and make and talk to the world – and break this terrible paralysis?” Above all the resolutions to break habits and shape new ones, I will be working on breaking the cycle of inaction, of gravity. To achieve staying motion, I must get in motion, and to do that I have to be brave.
Because objects in motion tend to stay in motion. That’s the idea.
2014. Brave. What’s the theme of your new year?
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1. Felting. I started doing this over my Christmas vacation. Of course I drew blood the first time, and like some sort of vampire hobby, I was addicted. I made a penguin and an orca the first few days. Next: pigs and alpacas.
2. Alton Brown in February!
3. My Google Glass is being upgraded. I cannot wait to get my new model in the mail.
4. More writing. See, by updating, I’m off to a good start. Also, other generally creative things (see #1), including photography, scrapbooking, digital art…the year is only beginning.
5. Video games. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten really engrossed in gaming, but I got a 3DS over the holidays and have been enjoying the Regular Show and Zelda games. Also, on the computer, I am playing the newest Tomb Raider, which is really really really fantastic.
And those are just the top 5 things on my mind! 2014 is going to be amazeballs. What are you looking forward to?
I feel like the impending new year is an injection I’m getting. It’s coming, and no matter how many times I try to yell, “I’M NOT READY,” the universe refuses to listen to me.
And when they put me in the ground
I’ll start pounding the lid
Saying I haven’t finished yet
I still have a tattoo to get
That says I’m living in the moment
— “In My Mind” by Amanda Palmer