Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Thing About Path




A few months ago, I created my first ever facebook note. Its aim was to tell anyone who wanted to know about my plan. Fun Fact #1: My stories and jokes are occasionally long. Fun Fact #2: I get stressed out about plans, even baby ones, like where we're all going to meet for dinner. Fun Fact #3: I was totally nervous as I sat there and wrote that freaking note. To help myself feel better, at the very end of my story, I included something one of my favorite teachers Alison Cramer taught me a long time ago, "When you make a plan, God laughs."
I followed through with the first 3/4 of my plan: I taught my last few classes in the city, I packed up my stuff, I moved it to Boulder, Colorado, where I was going to move too, and I traveled for about 6 weeks. In those 6 weeks, I went to a lot of places, to name a few: Memphis, Lawrence, Los Angeles, Seattle, and a little town I had been to before in Northern New Mexico called Taos. The difference between all of those fine cities I mentioned and Taos, is that I haven't been able to stop going BACK to Taos. I've been there 3 times in the past 3 weeks. The second time I was there, people started to recognize me and ask me if I was moving there, my answer, to my surprise, was "Yeah! Maybe." The third time I went back I looked at apartments. One landlady liked me so much that she lowered the already very low price of the place I was going to take anyway!
The first time I was there, I was walking down a sidewalk with my best friend, Melissa. She stopped and pointed out a quote of Joseph Campbell's that had been taped up on the window of a card shop: "If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why its your path." I walk down that sidewalk every chance I get.

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