It was an interesting week at the old job for me. The president of the company came through town and I had to give a presentation and prepare and be ready for tough business questions. And I was. And it was a good presentation. Because I know my business, and I care about it. But how strange that all was. I just thought to myself, is this the same girl that used to march around the garden in gypsy clothes?
Where did this adulthood come from? How did it wrap itself around me, give its brief blessing and fling me into the world?
I sure don't know how I feel about this.
Then again, I am always teetering on the threshold of not quite knowing how I feel about any of it anyway, the real world, and I constantly just have to gently nudge myself to the one side, the side that feels ok about it, and keep going.
As for the presentation, I was about to get overwhelmed by it and I was sitting outside when I saw about fifteen crows circling above me and somehow it looked so important, I mean, in that way that shows you quiet divinity and the soft constant breath of life and that your'e a part of it. I remembered some things then.
That's when I decided that I wouldn't let my presentation stress me out and that I'd just enjoy it no matter what, because, as far as I know, it's no more significant than much else in the grand scheme. And a lot less significant than most things. In any case, I had to make it fun. I know that if I can't make the real world joyful, then I don't want to do it at all. Because the actual real world reminds me of that, sometimes by way of crows.
So I just enjoyed how bizarre it all seemed, being all serious. And I kind of laughed a lot every day about how strange growing up is. Because even though I'm doing it, I'm never actually ready for it. To be an adult. It does bewilder me still.
And it makes me think of this life. And how I have to keep adapting even though I don't know what it's about or what I'm really supposed to be doing. But I've never known. I mean, we never know. How could we? And as far as work goes, I always remember my dad saying once, when I was the most confused about those things, to just put my good heart into whatever I do. So I do that. And I'm not as confused anymore, for the most part.
And then I thought of my mom and can she believe that her kids are grown up now and does that make her sad? I guess I could just ask her, but it's more interesting thinking about it. Well, and sad, too, for me. But I never was one to have anything against sadness about what life is. And how shocked we are so often when we notice it, for whatever reason, just thinking about it, or being stunned into seeing that truth from time to time, like when you're giving a business presentation remembering yourself as a little girl, free and dancing in the garden, or when other things like that happen.