I finally started reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I like to think of Meditations as a sort of journal or blog. Aurelius never intended his writings to be published. He wrote them for himself, as a way to make sense of the world around him. It already has become one of my favorite books I've ever read. It's served as an inspiration for not only my life but also my blog and book.
“You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Life’s ups and downs can only harm us by way of our thoughts, emotions, and reactions—pain is never caused by the thing itself but instead the way we think about it. It’s our own thoughts that create suffering, and our own thoughts that offer a way out of suffering. At any moment you have the power to revoke thoughts that cause pain. Life may take everything away from you at any moment, except for the freedom of your mind."
I could go on and on with things I've highlighted and stored away for future reference. There is something impactful and meaningful on every page. But I've already ranted once this week about this kind of stuff, so I will spare you (this time).
Hannah and I (you could say) are still exploring opportunities. Not much has changed on that front. We are still talking to people at different places, but nothing has yet to work out. So, for the time being, we are where we are, trying to lift where we stand, patiently waiting for our chance to come.
As usual, one of the most enjoyable things about the week was the food. We ate at this street taco's place in Lindon, UT. called Taco's CDMX and a fantastic Ramen restaurant in Sandy, UT. called Samurai Noodle. Both places never disappoint, but Samurai Noodle especially has to be some of the best Ramen I've ever had.
We also went to a birthday party this week where we only knew two out of the 25 or so people. We were also definitely some of the youngest people there by about 20-50 years. But we joke that we get along with the 40+ crowd better than with people our own age. Probably because I'm an old man stuck in a millennial's body. But that's our idea of a good time—getting together with people and just talking. No agenda. No trying to out-do each other with what we say. Just talking about our interests and lives. Old(er) people are really good at talking without making you feel like you are living an inferior life to them. That being said, we met some amazing people and didn't really want to leave. Richard particularly impressed us. He came up to us and was genuinely interested in who we were and what we had to say. We had a lot in common. We talked about geography, traveling, peoples and cultures. In just 20 short minutes we felt like we had a new best friend.
What an amazing talent that is—the ability to meet someone and make them feel like you've known them your whole life—a skill I hope to continually develop. That's a big reason why I love to travel. I feel like it broadens my frame of reference and allows me to connect with more people on deeper levels.
Which reminds me. It's about that time again...