Days Like This

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

I hate days like this. We’ve had over a week of incredibly hot and amazing weather and then it goes to clouds and I get really depressed. If the clouds persist for a few more days, I’ll become re-acclimated. But I’m also leaving on Thursday morning for Europe, which is going to be hot. So I’m stuck with this depression between nice days.

So what did I end up doing? Nothing entirely productive. There was a Boeing Intern Tour of a B-17F that I went to at 10. I picked up my new glasses (I typically wear glasses contacts, so this is my first new pair in 6 years) from Costco. And that was it. I pretty much became bored. So combined with the depressing weather, I started contemplating my life.

I decided that my biggest challenge for the time is that I want to be and do everything. Well, many things. But I can’t do all of it. Not even Superman could. It would all take too much time. So my goal is to A) be content with what I’m doing; and B) try to find more things that I like doing a lot and make me happy, but that I can do given the amount of time I have.

I also decided that my goal in life should be to never stop pushing myself to new heights: I ended up driving downtown to West Marine to look for a trailer tongue wheel. I didn’t find one. But I decided to go to Downtown library since I had never been there since it was rebuilt and it was feeling depressed. I was mostly just looking for something to occupy my mind. I tried finding a book by Stephen Chbosky called “Pieces“, but I couldn’t. I ended up reading Scientific American and there was an article on how people becomes experts called, “Secrets of the Expert Mind”. In it, they describe how chess players become grandmasters by continuously pushing themselves to new levels. That’s why Grandpa Joe (a fictional grandpa), who’s been playing chess all his life recreationally is still only a mediocre player.

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5 thoughts on “Days Like This”

  1. “I decided that my biggest challenge for the time is that I want to be and everything.” I don’t know what that means.

    I also have a few problems with A and B. Mostly B, though. At some point, your schedule is going to be full, once you decide what you really want to do with your time. Wouldn’t it be better to just figure out better and better ways to do the things that you want to do, without constantly searching for more and more ways to occupy your time?

    I don’t really understand the rest of your tale about driving around and looking for books and trailer tongue wheels. What does that all mean?

  2. There should have been a “do” in there. Fixed that.

    I suppose at some point my schedule will be full. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do at that point in time. But it’s a bridge I’ll cross when I get there.

    The part about looking for a trailer tounge wheel and looking for books it pretty just a leadup to how I found the article I read.

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