Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Idea

So... I don't have a job.

I'm an eternal optimist and when I got laid off, I saw it as an opportunity to do some awesome stuff before the shackle of adulthood was re-fastened around my ankle. I have yet to do some awesome stuff. About a week after I took the Foreign Service Exam, which I have been studying for in the last two months, I had a kind of hokey Jason Mraz song stuck in my head. One lyric really stood out to me:

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn, you're free

Open up my plans? I realized that while my job search is still going, I don't have any plans. Why am I sitting in an apartment in Oakland when The World is happening? An idea popped into my head to rectify this situation. Not a radical, life-changing idea (those rarely end up happening), but a interesting, little idea that I think I could get away with.

I've spent a lot of time in the past five years driving the seven hours from the Bay Area to San Diego. From home to home. Every time, I had an event to get to, or a day not to waste, so I always ended up driving as quickly as my little Mitsubishi Mirage (and the law) would let me get away with. But I never stopped to find out where that dirt road went. Or see the swallows in Capistrano. Or walk out to that shiny beach I could just barely glimpse while speeding by. I am going to go home, but I'm going to take my time getting there. I am going to stop for all those little interesting things and have an adventure. If it takes me days instead of hours, so be it. That's my idea. I'll keep you updated.