you've got possibilities...

Saturday morning, staring down the barrel of a three-day weekend. Yay!

This time of year is both difficult and rewarding in the Rahree household. Work is difficult - spending the majority of my day saying "no" and wondering how to soothe the karmic wrath I'm incurring. Everyone in my family - grandmother, mother, father, brother - have birthdays in the fall, and with the length of the audition tour it's going to be difficult to get home. (I think I'm going to have to instill a Birthday Weekend in Pittsburgh - like the running of the Polacks at Christmastime, but a few months earlier and with much less gift wrap.) And there is the challenge of packing everything I'm going to need for 3 weeks on the road in several different climates into one suitcase. (Here's a tip - I'll be the one dressed like Johnny Cash.)

Fall is also the time I take stock: it is, after all, the Teacher's New Year and old habits die hard. I had dinner with MI (who is fabulous in every way, and also has incredible parking karma. If you go out with her, ask her to drive. I'm serious, the parking is really that good.) who asked some very innocent questions about life, professional and personal, that have really started me thinking. It's a good place to be: there's something very freeing about being in a stable place and being allowed to daydream about five or ten years down the road without feeling pressured to move on something immediately. Law school? Culinary school? Start a company? Get pregnant? Volunteer for a relief effort? Move to the country and live off-the-grid in a yurt? Anything's possible, and boy, is it fun to think about!

As far as the little goals for the next few months, I'm going to get out from behind my desk a little bit more. After a little over a year in this position I'm starting to get the hang of it. (Not to say that I don't make a gajillion inadvertent mistakes, but I'm starting to grasp the ebb and flow of the different projects a bit.) And so it's time to turn some attention back to the musical/dramatic pursuits that I've been missing so much. I'm reading more than I have in a long time, which is a real treat. I'm prepping for a recital with EF, a fab flute player, and we've been reading through several pieces to see what we like best. I'm enjoying the collaboration, making music in the middle of the work day, having a goal to work towards. And this little blog is making me a little less afraid to write (I'm not really sure that's a good thing, but it is what it is), so maybe it's time to try out some different formats.

So here's a toast to possibilities, to trying something new, to thinking a bit outside the box, to stretching.

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