Nothing serious, just taking it easy right now. I have this feeling that life will become hectic once Monday comes. No, I take that back. I know for a fact that it will be hectic, and who knows what follows soon after.
It's from all points in my life, I guess. My family's going to be busy once my tita, who spent a great deal of time last year in Canada with my lolo before he died, is coming home, and my other tita and tito are coming home with them. Stories galore. We'll be spending a lot of time together here since I reneged on my promise to spend last Christmas in Toronto with them, simply because I wasn't able to afford it back then (and because I don't think I could survive winter!). This should be fun. I'm actually excited to hang out with them again. I miss this side of the family. And for that, I'm planning to spend my birthday in Canada with them, but that also remains to be seen, as I don't know what life has in store for me during summer. So we'll see. Hoping, and keeping mental notes about things.
Another Canadian presence is here, my high school best friend from Calgary, who told me this funny story of not being able to get her present to me, a Canadian specialty, past through customs haha! Oh man, that was such a bummer. But I'm just glad she's here, and we could hang out again. Awaiting for another hangout session soon before she leaves later this month. We had a blast with our batchmates in our reunion last week, and we're replicating that fun again soon. This is cool.
I'm also in the middle of preparing for a work gig next week for my former NGO. While it's currently inducing a bit of stress on my part, I also can't wait to start it. I need to get busy again, that's why. Plus of course the extra money won't hurt. Funding future life plans is the main thing now. So yes, universe, keep 'em coming.
And then I'm also seriously contemplating on starting another project which another kindred spirit brought up, since one pending project we were going to do got shelved. Again another stress inducer at the moment. Oh well, such is life. I just hope we ace this one as well, because I am intrigued and excited by the prospect that this project would bring, even if it won't earn me as much as I hope I could get. The work is enough. Yes, I need to be busy. And then we also spent a good deal of time yesterday talking about her current pet project outside Manila, since she's moving back there already. Yeah, another good friend leaving Manila. I've been having lots of those lately, but at least, she's just within reach in the country. We're both excited about her pet project and I will definitely be helping out on that one.
getting busy with work, as exemplified by the state of my office (December 2011 in UP)
But I am also neglecting two huge personal writing projects on my plate since last month. I don't know, maybe I'm not really ready to give that to the world. Maybe. Even if friends are already excited to see it and do it with me. Well, we'll see again. Or maybe I'm just being lazy to face it. I don't know why. I'm really excited about them but at the same time I don't know which or where to start! Haha creative dilemma overflow indeed! If only I didn't need to spend some time earning a living, I'd rather be doing this the whole time, you know. But as we all know, writing doesn't earn you much in this country, unless you sell out... which I am also currently doing. Ah! Artistic woes. Why you no leave me? Hm.
I guess I'm also a bit distracted lately in other aspects. But it's a good kind of distraction, because it's the kind that heals my soul. It's a distraction that makes me smile. I'd rather be happy in being distracted this way than being sad and wallowing on something unattainable, or something that doesn't feel like it wants me, or maybe the universe doesn't want it to happen for me, to me, for some strange reason only the universe knows, you know. Well, you know what I mean. Being unsure. It disrupts the calmness of my being, especially if I always spend my free time worrying about someone I care about so deeply. Oh man. I don't know if I'm making sense here but the point is, I just want things to be calmer inside of me. Fortified, still working on it, and the next step is achieving inner calm.
But I also hope that the people I deeply care for also deeply care for themselves as well, and that is what worries me. Well, no choice; that's how I am with people I love and care for. I worry about them, by default. You'll know that I don't give a flying fuck about someone if I don't spend time worrying about their well-being. My true friends know this, as well as my family. So regardless if you're new in my sphere but if you're cool enough to be in it, then I automatically care for you, no matter the degree of our relationship, no matter the newness of our interaction. Of course if you've been in my life for a while, even if you don't get in touch, I still worry about you, because I care for you, especially if you know that you mean a lot to me as a human being, whatever permutation of relationship we have. I guess that's just how I am programmed. I guess it's not only in material things I am generous with, but with emotions as well, as some have pointed out in the past to me. Hm, well, what else will we do with a beating heart, eh? Such is life. Feel it.
So yeah, calm. I hope to have that soon. Or maybe now? In the near future. Well, I don't know. Any kind of calm is good for me right now.
Another thing that's making me unstable is school. Well, what else is new? Not teaching, but the other stuff. It all started last week as our institute prepared for revamps in our graduate curriculum, and of course I am involved in such changes again. That was last week's stress. Also pressured to finish one paper I am presenting in a film conference in Hong Kong by March, but I will only go if the school gives me funds. Although I'd really love to travel again, it's quite hard to sync that with another incentive that's making me stay here during that time. Well, we'll see. Priorities. Yes, we still need to do them. And to focus, too. Ah! Distractions. Of the good kind. The excitable kind. We need that as well. To live. So we weigh. As we feel.
So many things happening on my plate right now, and most times I don't know where to start. Creative endeavors, interactions with people, events, projects, what have you. Life. Yes, it's happening. Yes, it's moving. So yes, I need this calm, right before life takes me off to different directions again, ever so early in the year. It's quite exciting, to tell you the truth. Many promising details. Many surprising turnouts, and many excitable leads. I guess this year of the dragon will definitely roar for this ox, in more ways than one. In fact, it already has taken me off the ground, as I am floating a bit already. It's also a leap year as I checked, so maybe this is the year we leap again to things unknown. Whatever those things are, we have yet to discover. The important thing is, we decide to move, and not to be stagnant. We decide to be active, we decide to be creative. And best of all, we decide to be happy.
Toasting the new year with a bit of, uh, cholesterol on the side.
Hey, life is short! Indulge! (January 2012 at my crib)
Indeed, life is short to merely think of what once was. We have to be awake to see what else could be there, could happen, could take place. No regrets, no excuses, no apologies. Again, maximum amount of pleasure, minimum amount of bullshit. This should be the mantra for the year.
Okay let's move!