I think I’m probably pretty average when it comes to my subscription to superstition and new ageyness; I try pull myself back from notions of fate and to not read too much into coincidence. I do have one weekly, delightful chink in this armor of practicality: Rob Brezsny’s Freewill Astrology. I love my Tuesday night private indulgance in this one little paragraph wherein I’m free to squint into the few words for some self recognition. If nothing can be found, at the very least it’s usually funny to read. Here’s this weeks’ package (to be unwrapped):
The odometer will turn over soon, metaphorically speaking. The big supply of the stuff you stocked up on a while back is about to run out. The lessons you began studying a year ago have been completed, at least for now, and you’re not yet ready for the next round of teachings. These are just some of the indicators that suggest you should set aside time for reflection and evaluation. The world may come pounding at your door, demanding that you make a dramatic declaration or take decisive action, but in my opinion you should stall. You need to steep in this pregnant pause.
Every now and again, I read words that stop me just a little bit. It has been almost exactly a year since I decided to pack up my life in Chicago and head for the hills. I don’t know that I can say that time is pounding at my door, but certainly there is an urgency or an expectancy lingering in the hall.
I dropped my dad off at the airport on Tuesday. Now, Wednesday evening, he has finished his first days as an employee in Santiago. The clock, however distant its’ measure, has been started on our new adventure. For those of you that don’t know: my father has accepted a position in Chile, and in about two months, I’ll be riding on his coattails to Santiago. To me, it is still a story I tell people that I can’t quite believe. Really, the most significant development of the week is that we’ve sold our bikes. It’s been strange to do and sad to realize, but we can’t import used vehicles on more permanent terms into Chile. We’ve been oddly fortunate, though, to find a father and daughter who want to take them – it seems so perfect, really. She’s only just gotten her license and no doubt is living the same craziness and excitement I was just a short year ago. He’s been riding for much longer and agrees that there is something fortuitous to passing bikes from one father daughter team to another. Coincidence or fate… hmm. Hard call. But I like it. I am sad to let go of Nancy: she’s been a true friend and carried me through an amazing time. I am so pleased that she’ll be the new love of someone else. And, truth be told, I’m already dreaming of my next bike, my next adventure…. For now the challenge lies in finding adventure in the everyday here in Santa fe. Tick tock.