“…to those who think and feel and are alert, the horrendous hysteria of trains, automobiles and ships makes it impossible to sleep or to wake up. From any trip, even a short one, I return as from a slumber full of dreams – in a torpid confusion, with one sensation stuck to another, feeling drunk from what I saw. I can’t rest for lack of health in my soul; it’s not movement I’ve been denied, but the very desire to move.” -Fernando Pessoa
Thanks to Sherry Chandler for hooking me up with this amazing google video. All I can say is: Wow!!! What shocking dexterity and grace. I admire these athletes. The film editing is, in some parts, fantastic.
Easy, yes? Now try this one, say the color, not the word:
Did you go notice the lag? It's one of the exercises used to assess your "brain age."
My brain has aged quite a bit over the last few weeks of studying here Plymouth. I've living on only a few hours of sleep, and after staring at the computer screen for hours on end and learning new programs, the whole world begins to look like John Sadowski's photo BEFORE you move the mouse over the image!
Not far from our dorm here in Plymouth, Henry Green and Ralph are heading up a 7-week totem pole project with the University of Plymouth. Last night, My P. and I had chance to drink a few pints of Stella beer with these amazing First Nation artists who will soon erect a 15 foot totem pole at the university entrance. Seems that the U.K. if full of unexpected, chance encounters with artists (see here and here).
From shamanism to fishing rights, from the Mayan calendar (which ends in 2012) to British redwood trees, from mystical experiences to cross-cultural marriages, our conversation was a refreshing change from our graduate studies.
Ralph reminded me to enjoy life: to live each day is if it were the last. I know. I know. This is a cliché. But I needed to be reminded. I worry too much about my studies. Thanks to two First Nation guys with eagle necklaces and silent eyes that say more than words, I aim to take a different approach in my graduate studies this year. Live more, worry less. Take time to be with people I care about.