One of the great upshots of preparing to teach is that, in my quest for the perfect playlist, I’ve found lots of good new music. I’m kind of obsessed with the song below (by Yuna) right now (she also does amazing renditions of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” and Nirvana’s “Come as You Are“). Over the years, I’ve fallen into the habit of having great new music handed to me on a platter by my brother or boyfriends, so I’ve gotten kind of lazy about it. All of this hunting has really reignited and reinvigorated my deep love for music.
The past couple of days have been pretty full. On Thursday, I had a great interview for a potential gig (of the non-yoga variety). By the end of the interview, I had this great, creative buzz in my belly. I can’t say that I’ve ever had that feeling as the result of an interview before, and it felt pretty amazing. That afternoon, C. and I went to catch Goldie’s hour of power at lunch. As always, her sequence playlist blew my mind–definitely something to aspire to.
Yesterday, I was reminded again of the importance of community (more specifically, tribe) and how incredibly and unspeakably fortunate I am to have found mine. One of us from TT has been having some issues, so C. and myself made plans to meet up with her for lunch. It was a complete fiasco. C.’s car broke on the way there. Our third friend and I got taken on a wild (and completely unnecessary and frustrating) ride through Cambridge–led far, far away from the lunch place we were supposed to meet. But, in the end, we all made it to the restaurant. I don’t know that anything was resolved for our friend and I feel awful for her troubles, but there’s something really beautiful about having people you can open up to, even about the hard and ugly stuff (not to mention having people who trust you with their stuff). And it was doubly beautiful to watch C. deal with the situation with such grace and wisdom. I think that, even on the darkest days, a little bit of light can be obtained through just putting voice to your troubles. I’m so happy that all of us have that now because I feel like several of us (myself most definitely included) have been lacking that for a while. It’s like a safety net for life or something.
I actually went into a bit of a slump myself yesterday and was really confused about why that was. It took me until the end of the day to realize that the reason was I had taken some prescription medication I used to take (that, previously, either affected me unnoticeably or in positive ways). I think that my system is so clean and that my general emotional and mental space is so great right now that it affected me in ways that I probably didn’t even notice before, but that are very noticeable now. It was an interesting benchmark. (And I definitely won’t make that mistake again.)
In other good news, a musician I absolutely adore and I have been kicking around the idea of writing a book for almost two years now. We’ve done some work on it over that time, but life and touring have brought us to a grinding halt a few times. I received an email from him last night saying that he’s ready to roll. Absolutely perfect timing, and I feel like we’re both in a great head space to really do this right now.