Many of you know that my previous situation was sharing a beautiful apartment in Harlem, in Manhattan, in NYC. I loved it. My roommate and I got along glorious well. However, the expense of NY and my missing of my son in Austin took me away. For Dina and I the separation was painful. It was like losing a family member.
Once I left, we spoke regularly by phone and emailed.
It is all, however, settling down at this point.
Dina has found a new apartment and is moving this week.
I’m settled into a lovely room inside a lovely house in the middle of Austin with an old friend and her dog. It’s so quiet here that I sleep like a baby. (If you know NY … it’s noisy even at night – ambulances, etc.)
I’ve been back in Austin for 5 weeks now. I’ve got my car, am reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. I’m seeing this as a new beginning in many ways and wondering what I’ll “toss away” and what “I’ll keep” – in terms of my work and other aspects of my life. Perhaps I’ll do something entirely different.
The cool thing is that it’s like an artist having an “empty canvas.” I can create from scratch. I’ll keep working in some of my professional ways, but I want to add a more spiritual side, a more benevolent/ volunteer side. It’s time to be giving back and be even more meaningful now. I bet some of you can relate to that as well.
Truthfully, you don’t have to move elsewhere or even apartment/house share to start over. That being said, however, it’s great to have a “fellow-journeyperson” with you.
My new flatmate and I are hosting a meeting tonight at our home to discuss the development of a “Co-Housing” Development. For me, that’s my way of staying on the front lines of this endeavor.
Til next time …..
P.S. There are deer in my neighborhood. And, the other picture shows the “quirkiness” of Austin .. lots of meal trucks. The motto of Austin is: “Keep Austin weird.” It’s truly a cool place.