Even though it’s only my third day of working, fourth day here overall, I feel like a routine is already beginning to form. It goes like this:
Wake up, work, lunch, work, edit and write, supper, clean, TV, write, sleep.
Being in a routine has always driven me crazy. I get caught up in always wanting to progress, to move forward, so having to stick to a routine makes me feel stagnant. The daily tasks seem to drain my day and get in the way. However, I’ve been trying to change my perspective and see the value and growth in small actions. Also, there are things we all have to do daily just to keep up. Not washing the dishes is not the answer, no matter how much it seems like an endless task.
In other news, I’ve been watching a fair amount of BBC World News lately. I must add that this is partially because there are very few English channels or shows I can really follow in Spanish to be found.
Anyway, the point is that today I saw a segment on a 17-year-old kid from Pakistan who used his Make-A-Wish to meet the 18-year-old girl that the Taliban tried to have killed for going to school. Because she was his idol. It’s both beautiful and sad—beautiful that there are teenagers out there with real perspective and the ability to have truly inspirational role models who live outside the world of obsessive celebrity culture, and sad to consider the circumstances and situations around which it happens. I believe there are young people everywhere who have valid opinions and ideals, but it seems so easy to fall into the superficiality and simple-mindedness that popular culture presents. It can be blinding.
Yep, lots of time for introversion these days.
Side note: Though I’ve been posting every day this week, I don’t think I’ll keep it up for the entire month. I’ll probably switch to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule from here out. Partly because I want to free up more time in the days for just getting to know the region, and partly because my workdays have been pretty much the same so far. So, expect future posts to contain two-three days worth of diaries.