This year is off to a jolly good start.
Of course, I can't keep up with correspondences, but I can spell remarkably well, and my business is booming. Someday, I'll even direct you to our website.
I love landscape design, but can't help but wonder if I will be forced at some point to succumb to the nagging inner voice that tells me that my talents are being wasted on residential landscape design. I'm not entirely sure that they are, but there is a part of me that thinks in broader, grander terms and often wonders if I should be looking at graduate schools and applying myself to international aid work, or at least international development.
I mean, that was my plan at the outset. I never meant to be here in Austin, designing landscapes for whomever is willing and able to pay for my services.
I'm pretty sure that happiness (and the ability to support onesself) is the goal here, in which case I am doing relatively well... but there is always the question of whether I am doing enough to help my fellow man.
The Haiti thing, well, we all know how horrific all that is, right?
And the search for answers is not even remotely forthcoming. But it begs many questions. And those questions birth more questions, an endless flood of them oozing from the skin of this issue: where do you start? and with whom? and who administrates?
I've studied all this for years and still find my probings only able to yield more questions, and no definitive answers.
Meanwhile, I got the flu last week. It was thankfully brief, but terribly uncomfortable. My fever peaked at 103, and it made me quite nervous for a short, delirious spell.
I knew I was better when I began cleaning, compulsively, all the things I'd been too sick to lift a finger to take care of before.
And when I began to think, "oh my god, this is what it feels like to be healthy, not in pain, and functional!"
So here it is: healthy, not in pain, and highly functioning. That is my week in a nutshell.
And me, I couldn't be happier if I tried.