to the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders

Posted on Sunday 12 October 2008

sense :: sight // the earth from above

I’ll be looking through those photos for a while. Some of them will all but certainly be new backgrounds. The Earth from Above tour made its way to New York City, and here’s hoping it manages to come to Washington DC at some point (if it already hasn’t). I’d make a point to go see it in person.

In other news, the moment I get around to cleaning up my bookmarks and find Local Harvest and find a farmer’s market that’s literally a ridiculously short trip from our house, I also find out that it’s closing up for the season later this month. Ah well, the spring will come.

Also, since my lovely car will be paid off soon (and you know, way back then I probably said I’d post pictures and I really really never did…I’m contemplating a switch to Flickr for photo hosting, since Photowerks has been a bit broken for a while now), I’ve been thinking about new ones. I considered sinking some cash into a new head unit that gets me what I want, but maybe it’s time to retire my lovely LaLaRu. I’ve been thinking about a shiny new Nissan Altima, but only if I can get one of the tech-laden hybrid models. They’re pretty sexy, and hey, my friends at PC Mag covered it in the 2nd part of the Geek’s Guide to Car Shopping.

I say all of that, but I’m still planning on assembling a new computer around the holidays, so I can’t talk too much about what I’ll buy and what I won’t buy. Intel’s new processors are scheduled to come out later this month or next, so I’ve been considering what components I’ll need for the new rig. Raevyn’s rig needs updating more than mine, so hers will be a bigger upgrade. Perhaps the guts of this machine can go to upgrade my home theatre PC, if I can pick up some solid storage for it. A couple of terabye hard drives should do the trick, and maybe a pair of external terabyte drives for backups and such.

Anyway, I’ve been reviewing a wonderful article over at Lifehack called What’s It Going to Take to Make You Happy. The article actually managed to get me thinking about what it really would take to make me happy, and whether that was more money to live a more comfortable lifestyle, or the opportunity to do what I’ve always wanted to do, or traveling to a strange place, or just figuring out what it means to “live life to the fullest.” I’m still thinking about it. I’ll let you know when I’m done.

That being said, I really should consider making some of those moves that will make me happy. Maybe dropping the high-stress day-to-day so I can do what I’d like to, even if it may not be as profitable. I’ve been thinking of assembling a writing portfolio so I can pick up more freelancing gigs; that’d be nice, I think. Maybe I can make a name for myself as a writer, and see and experience some of those things that will help me live my life to the fullest. I wouldn’t call myself lost, and I wouldn’t call myself unhappy – I’d just say I’m seeing half-lived for what it is. Money isn’t everything, and neither are the things it brings, although it certainly makes me more comfortable; comfortable enough to think about these things. I’ll find my way through, I know it.


2 Comments for 'to the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders'

  1.  
    October 17, 2008 | 7:43 pm
     

    I dropped the high stress profitable day to day to do what I love. Now I spend all day writing, and only the part time stuff for extra cash. Being happy is the best thing you can do for yourself. But it doesn’t come over night. Plan the escape. Maybe give yourself a year to downsize, reload, rework, especially in today’s world.
    That’s my 2 cents anyway.
    I’m sorry I can’t give arrange for you to meet him, but I can promise to forward any email to him that you send.

  2.  
    October 19, 2008 | 8:37 pm
     

    This is very possibly the best advice I could ever have asked for, Veronica – and it even came on my birthday – a day when I I can’t help but keep thinking about what I can do to actually give myself an appropriate gift.

    You’re right, of course, and I absolutely plan on it.

    And you know – as desperately as I’d want to meet him, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what I would say. Maybe I’d just want to listen, but I think you know exactly how I feel.

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