SH SH SHAKE
My brother sent me this photo after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit southcentral Alaska over the weekend. I was in bed when it hit, and I was jolted wide awake. Living on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” I’m used to earthquakes — big and small. However, this one lasted quite a long time, longer than I remember any earthquake. We did have a small one a couple weeks back, it was really small and I only swayed back and forth in my chair while I was sitting at my desk. I do remember being in an earthquake after-hours at my old job, on the 19th floor of the 3rd tallest building in the city. That was an experience. I’m just glad that after all of this, everyone is safe. Although, I can’t help but think that we’ve just had too many earthquakes these past few years. It sort of scares me, even if I feel totally prepared for them.
I think when you live through something like this, not knowing how big or small the outcomes will be, you’re kind of forced to reevaluate your path. I know it might be a weird correlation to make with an earthquake that only did some damage, but natural disasters are freaking scary. Nothing is really promised to us, and we can’t ever expect anything to happen for us in this life. That’s why, even if timing is off, you have to start moving towards what it is that you want.
I’ve been looking around for a new job. I do love [and loathe] where I work, but I think I’m reaching a point where it’s time to move on. I’ve been with the same overseeing entity for four years now, and I just don’t think I belong in this realm anymore. It’s not the side of public service I want to be on. I’d rather be more active. So, sort of on the whim, I applied for a couple positions that I thought would help me exercise both my interests and career goals. I have an interview lined up next week with one position that I thought I was extremely under qualified for, but I guess I wasn’t too far off. Here’s hoping it goes well!
Hi Justin Bieber, I never thought I’d put you on my blog but your latest album is pretty good and I actually bought it.*
My favorite dancers, Keone and Mari Madrid, danced in Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” video for Purpose: The Movement. Since then, I’ve loved the song and it was actually this song that made me purchase The Biebs’ entire album. “Love Yourself” isn’t so much of an anthem for self-appreciation and empowerment, but there is some sort of message in there. Something that tells you that it’s better to figure out sooner than later that there are parts of your life that just need be cut off. You don’t always have to live for other people, and you can’t expect toxic people to have your back. That’s where I’m at, again.
I figure, I’m only getting older, I’ve only wasted so much time, and I can only try to make up for it. I’m at a constant uphill trying to prove to myself, and only myself, that I can do so much more.
What have you been up to?
*Photo courtesy of Justin Bieber’s people — I don’t know, but it’s obviously not my photo.