I took this photograph back in the summer. I was on a boat and the gull had been following us for some time. I watched it ride the thermals, perfectly adjusting its speed and direction in line with the vessel, gradually edging closer until it made the kind of elegant, graceful touch-down that land animals (like me) can only dream about. I might be able to talk, write, create art and music but I’m still in awe of this gull and its ability to ride the currents. Life is, after all, an experiment in riding the currents.
For a number of reasons the summer seems a long way away now. Three weeks ago I started my new job. That, a partial relocation and attending to family matters has kept me from the blog (and reading everyone else’s blogs) for longer than I’d hoped. At the moment there are many conflicting currents to ride and I’m nowhere near as proficient as the gull when it comes to gliding in and out of the thermals.
The new job deserves some posts in its own right. In truth it probably deserves a blog of its own. Despite the challenges, and there are many, working in an organisation that makes a positive contribution to society by offering people educational experiences that equip them to follow their dreams is much more aligned with my values than working somewhere focused solely on profitability. Or selling people things they don’t need and might never get benefit from. Or encouraging them to get into debt that they’ll never be able to repay. So although there is a lot to do, to shape up and sort out, the underlying purpose of the organisation is an honourable one. The people I’m working with are good, smart, diligent and human. That counts for a lot.
The partial relocation has been a little disorienting and it involves a lot of extra curricular activity; cleaning, decorating and generally making the place a warm and comfortable environment. The fact that we took possession two days before I started the new job meant condensed timescales. The first week was more like an adventure in indoor camping.
Now I work at IT things, people things and process things during the week and put on my best Bob the Builder impression all weekend, every weekend. Fortunately I like repairing plaster work, filling gaps around sockets, window sills and places where other people’s pictures used to be. I also like painting. I can happily paint from 8am to 8pm without a break and that is just as well because every wall in the house needs painting. I do begin to get bored on the third coat though… and I still can’t work out why the previous occupants had so much Sellotape stuck to every ceiling. It’s as if someone was attempting to be Spider-Man!
Maybe one day my life will be simple. Get up, go to work, go home, go to sleep. Or hopefully in the distant future get up, do whatever I want all day, go to sleep. Until then I have to practice riding the currents because it seems I’ll be multi-tasking, time-shifting and putting plans B, C and D into operation on a fairly regular basis. Then again, I’d probably get bored if everything was simple and plan A was the only plan I needed 🙂