Monday, August 17, 2009

Beautiful America

Quickly now. 
We mustn't wake the neighbors. 
Bags packed and ready to go. 
Step silently out of the house.
The sun has yet to rise. 

My time left in California is getting shorter and shorter, and when I look at it I come to the realization that it's fully out of my hands. I'll be passing through nine states in the next nine days. Thankfully, I'll be making money most of the time, as the whole purpose of this trip is work-related. It amazes me how quickly opportunities arise when necessities present themselves. I needed work, was handed work (albeit not what I expected), and now I'm gone for the next week or so.

So if you happen to be in North Dakota or Wisconsin over these next few days, come by and visit, and hey! maybe I'll sell you a tempur-pedic mattress! (I'm actually not 100% sure of what I'll be doing, just that I have to transport mattresses from a warehouse in Cali to a couple trade shows in the states listed above.)

Should be quite the adventure.

I want to be in America. Okay for me in America. Everything's free in America. For a small fee in America.

Friday, August 14, 2009


I really have no reason to complain. Things are falling into place slowly but surely, and for that I am forever grateful. I'm not in a place to find a full-time job where I can be hired by a company or anything while still in CA, but I'm still in desperate need of money. The good thing though, is that I know someone who has offered me some work for the time being. It'll mean I have to go on a week-long road trip to who knows where, but I'm definitely up for it! 

It's still tough though, I won't lie. I wonder though, how would things be any different if I weren't leaving? What would I be doing differently, anything? I would hope so. I would hope my drive and determination to make things happen would be just as steady. I would hope that I would take time and effort to build strong relationships with those around me. I would hope that life would be beautiful, and I would strive for greatness.

In the meantime, I know things won't go exactly as planned. There will be unexpected curves and turns and rough bumps and everything else one might encounter on this adventure we call life. I believe I'm ready for it though. I'm ready to face the unforeseen circumstances head on, so c'mon life, bring it.

You can't forget that no matter what happens, whatever goes wrong, there is a reason for it. There's a purpose to all these things. Grieve your losses and don't forget the price of it all. But know that somehow it all becomes worthwhile. There's always something to hope for.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Sun Also Rises

Sometimes I feel as if my deepest thoughts, if shared, will scare the people around me. Not that they're evil, or that they wish ill-will upon anyone, just that people seem to want you to be happy, and not in the least bit frustrated at life at certain times. We give off these vibes that say - I want you smiling all the time and I don't want anything you might say to bring an ache to my heart because I'm having a great day and my life is good. Maybe it's the way we were brought up, or we can relate it to something we learned in school or how someone hurt us in the past.

Maybe it's none of that. 

Sunday, in a way, was a day like this. I don't know what triggered it, or if there was any happenstance that caused my mood to automatically drop eighty degrees south. But all of a sudden I didn't want to be around the lovely people I was with. I wanted to go back home and sit in my messy room by myself, and hold some kind of idiotic pity party. I didn't, thankfully, but my attitude was still immediately noticed by most of everyone there. I told myself to snap out of it - and I did my best. I still don't think my best was good enough for the rest of the night though.

I know though, that it has to do a lot about this whole move. It's frustrating. It's difficult. And in complete honesty I'm scared crapless to see how it's all going to work out. I feel like I can't interact with people as I'd like to, because I'll be gone in slightly more than two months and they'll never care to talk to me again. Harsh? Let's face it - if "friends" aren't checking in on me and asking when they'll be able to see me again, why the hell would that change for the better if I'm 1,300 miles farther away? I feel like the time spent there, precious as what I have now, would amount to what...surfacy conversation?

Correct me if I'm wrong, because I know that there's some absolutely wrong reasoning there. I've talked over the whole friendship thing with a few friends, and it seems as if the conclusion always comes to the fact that if people aren't willing to take the time to see how life is treating you and how you're really doing, then why is there any reason to make an effort back. I'm not saying I don't try at all, and wait to see if anyone truly cares about me. No, I do take the time out of those I truly know will be friends with me forever, I just don't know how much effort I'm going to put into something that has no reciprocation. (Sidenote: Facebook tells me I have 780 friends. What an utter lie.)


I don't know what to do about all of this. It seems to be a lifelong process that only has one step forward for every three steps back. It's complicated, I know, but maybe, just maybe I'll be able to come to some sort of small conclusion that allows me peace of mind.

I believe the sun also rises, dries our tears, bringing the blue skies of day. I believe the sun also rises, lighting our paths, driving the darkness away.