In this case, the where included a who... XD
So, I am having serious doubts about this whole 'working full time' thing. I am finding that I do, indeed, feel less magic and wonder in my life, and feel that my true goals are being drowned under the 9-5 grind.
I do my best not to let this happen, though I know it's impossible not to lose SOMETHING, I can at least lessen the effect and make sure I don't lose myself in it, or lose sight of my end-goals.
My end goal being, of course, going back and studying more with an eye towards being an academic... :D
However, working full time this year and putting a whole heap into savings will SERIOUSLY help towards said goal... So, I think I shall try to hold out for another year.
In light of that though, I have decided to put extra effort into the magical and soulful side of my life, to keep myself balanced.
So, this weekend, after doing the necessary house-hunting and handing in of applications, I wandered into West End, as I just like the place, and thought I'd grab a bite to eat there and just read and soak up the vibes.
As I was leaving my lovely lunch, I heard this wonderful trumpet playing drifting across the road, and all I could think was "I need to be where that music is!"
I almost left. I almost smiled, sighed, walked down the road, and got on a bus. I am so very, very glad that I didn't!
Because - why would I? Why did I even HAVE that thought? I had no other plans for the afternoon, yet still, I almost walked away from it.
Luckily, I mentally shook myself and went - or you could go and FIND the music! Idiot! :P
So, I followed it, across the road and up the street, and into a cute, friendly little bar, that reminded me of an open-plan Phoenix (for you Canberra people who know what I'm talking about :D), and I leant on the window sill to watch the 2-person band play... and the girl playing that wonderful trumpet looked up and smiled and waved happily at me... XD
It took me about 5 minutes of being surprised but flattered that this cute girl seemed to be very happy I was watching her play before suddenly my brain went *click!* SHARNI!!!!
It was an old friend from Mur'bah! We'd done Speech and Drama together (along with her older sister Kathleen who I was good friends with too!), but lost touch when I went to Canberra and she tripped off around the world!
She's been back for a year now, and just quit her job as she realised it was stopping her doing her 'fun stuff', as she puts it :)
So, I spent the afternoon watching her and her friend Mark play wonderful music, in a lovely bar with friendly, helpful, welcoming staff (and patrons, too!), and generally just feeling very loved and loving towards the universe! :D
It was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. And, after the gig, I got to chat with Sharni and catch up while a lovely girl with white dreads played great slide guitar numbers :)
I went again today ^_^ She was playing with another band, who do an acoustic/electronic mix, with a tabla player as percussion, they had a really great, interesting sound - and ANOTHER fantastic afternoon was had, listening to music, chatting to Sharni, and then heading back to her place to see her lovely ramshackle West End home.
Then, she suggested a walk along the cliffs round Southbank/Kangaroo point :)
So we went on a ramble, all the way up to the Jazz club, which is further than I've ever explored up there!
It was beautiful, and a perfect temperature by that time of evening, and I really, REALLY, want to spend more time there! ^_^
Sharni found one spot and just went - ooooh, I would LOVE to get a group together and Jam here! :D
To which I could only answer - yes, yes yes!
It has been a very wonderful and magical weekend, and I feel very full of goodness and wonder, and inspired, and generally inoculated against the banality of my work week! XD
So here's hoping it lasts me past Monday... ^_^
... you never know where it might lead you :)