Leslie in the box
So drink your gin and tonica
And come down to Wanaka
You can celebrate Haunakah
Down here in Wanaka
It's my last few hours here in Wanaka and it's a beautiful day outside. I love the ubiquity of net access here in NZ. Everywhere I've been, even tiny 2,200 people Wanaka, has your own place on the internet for the paltry sum of NZ$5.00/hour. I love it. It makes it easy to write.
And I've been writing up a storm since I've been here. I've scrawled out 50 leaves in the journal so far (I guess that makes it 100 pages, but that sounds like bragging). The juices are flowing, and I want to tell you all about the trip down here. Writing on the front page makes it hard to go back and read anything with continuity (I'm pretty sure that I'm the only one who ever goes to the archive section to browse old home pages). And the story is way too long to put into the stories section. So I spent some time cannibalizing the bookshelf application to be the New Zealand Diary. I'll see if I can raid through the 100 pages of journal entries and fill in some things from before the 9th.
Here's my thought for the day, something I've been thinking about for a few days now. One of the secrets of life is knowing what you want. But the real secret is that it doesn't mean that in your mind, right now, you have an abstract picture of what you really, really want in life. What it does mean is that when confronted with something, you can quickly say, "Yes, this is what I want" or "no, this is not it at all." Nosce teipsum, they always said, and this is the reason why. If you don't know yourself, how can you know what's going to make you happy?
That's been my one bit of wisdom that I'm proud of in myself. I've gotten to the point in life where I can ignore the things that keep you from what you want and can drill down to a point where I can say, "All those pains aside, are they worth the price of how much you want this?" A mortgage sucks, but I wanted a house, and it was worth it. Other things are scary, but they are worth doing none the less because, deep down at heart, they are the things you want and need in your life.
The things that makes us happy make us wise. -- John Crowley
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