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The Spirit of America : Sort Of

Here it is at 1:30am on a work night and I’m reading a newsweek, replying to emails, but mostly feeling the anxiety that 2003 is going to be a pivital year in my life.

Luckily, this newsweek article, The Spirit of America actually picked up my spirits a bit. I was drawn to it, and decided to write about it for two reasons: It has some good historical “facts” (mostly from this Census Bureau report) and it gave me a little shot of hope that I will manage through the uncertainties ahead.

Of course, the article is talking about much larger uncertainties, like war(s) and economic recession, etc… while I’m talking about stuff that is a little closer to home for me. A move across the country, going back to college full-time and the potential of starting a completely different career path.

Big changes. At least to me they are.

Last week, I saw a few weblogs pointing to What Should I Do With My Life?, a Fast Company article that I haven’t read yet. I wonder if it has any good advice in it. The biggest problem for me is not really knowing what to do next, but taking the plunge. I’m sure that’s true for many people.

For instance, I know I need to look seriously into the application process and cost for different colleges I might attend, once we move to Tucson this summer. I know it would be as simple as doing some online searching, perhaps emailing, or if worse comes to worst, making a phone call or two (gasp). I just can’t seem to take this first step.

I get too caught up in what is going on in my immediate life. Or worse. I get caught up in things that don’t really affect me much, other than taking away my time (like reading so many other weblogs). I need to learn how to take the plan I have in my head and move it into reality without getting so damn side-tracked. Easier said than done.

I’m done now. Sorry for the long, rambling, pointless post.

Originally published on Wednesday January 8, 2003 at 2:17 am

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