After recovering from my initial jetlag, I have been riding an extreme adrenaline rush. I suppose my new surroundings and the endless opportunities to discover new things are impossible to moderate. So that’s why I’m writing at 5 in the morning. Despite my apparent endless amount of energy, I still wonder how I can achieve everything that I want to do. I often get this feeling with respect to my daily plans, but I frequently address my life goals and get the same feeling. C’est la vie.
There are a couple of things I have to do today including registering with the Spanish government, stopping by to check out options for phone providers, shopping for a few necessities for the apartment, and update my budget. Beyond that, I want to exercise, eat well, marvel at the Gracia festival, take pictures, write, explore my neighborhood and district, read from some of the many economics books I am so far behind my goal on, shop for gym memberships, and study the prep materials for my graduate program. I’m sure there will be other things too, but there won’t be time for them all. My only consolation is that I believe that the only way you can actually waste time is by trying to worry outside of the moment. By staying in the moment you succeed, at least, by taking some action. When action is taken often enough, we become more efficient at making choices that benefit us and we learn valuable lessons even when we don’t intend to. Carpe Diem!
What destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
(written 8/21/14; image © Benjamin Anderson 2014)