I always want to go. My feet, they itch for adventure, for the pavement of a new town, the dirt of a new country road. My mind is in a constant state of wondering where I may wander next. It creeps up on me—the discontentment. Like a sneaky sickness, I will be happy one minute, and then suddenly bogged with boredom, dislike, and disinterest in what I am doing, where I am living, who I am around. My heart, my interest, my curiosity springs away from whatever situation I am in, and lands somewhere else, allowing room for the restlessness to settle in. I think it is the routine that gets to me. Doing the same thing each day allows me time to wonder what else is out there, what I could be doing instead.
And I’ve been lucky—I’ve been able to get enough opportunities to go somewhere different when I feel that urge to experience something new. This next semester I will be moving to Poland and to my third college in two years. I have left some wonderful places with wonderful people. But it seems that this tendency I have is one that I am stuck with.
Challenge #3, January 3, 2011: Listen to the song Vienna by Billy Joel. Really listen to it, to the lyrics. Slow down, he tells us. You cannot do everything at once. Your ‘Vienna,” your success or your happiness or your purpose or your love—they will wait for you. You don’t need to pursue every goal right this second, ‘you can afford to lose a day or two.’ I need to be reminded of this from time to time; I need to remember to slow down. And maybe you do too. So listen to this song and remember to slow down, you crazy child, even if it is just for today.
I tried to post the song but I couldn’t quite figure out how to. So this link is to a YouTube video of Billy Joel performing Vienna.