Note to self

Norm's bench

A few years ago after year that turned me upside down in a number of ways, I was invited by a friend to spend a few months in Vienna. A way to kind of get away from it all, while still being a part of it all. The experience was cathartic. If you were reading my blog at the time then you know all about it, and I’ll assume you were and not rehash it all again here. My time in Vienna helped me remember who I was and what was important to me. I left there with a different and I think wholly better perspective on my life and where I was at and where I was headed. I grew a lot over those months and in the years since then I’m always thought fondly of the city and the people that helped me wrap my head around so many things. I’ve visited often, and have quite the emotional connection to the place now.

Next week I’ll be heading back again, this time with my wife and son, and I’m so very excited to spend time with them in this place that is so important to me. I’m looking forward to what we’ll experience together there, without having any idea what that will be. I’m also hoping some of the inspiration that lit such a fire in my head, even just a spark, will help me figure out which next steps to take and how to take them.

I’m very excited about many of the projects I’m involved with at the moment, though many are unproven and some I have a long history of attempting unsuccessfully. I need to understand how they all fit together and what I can learn from the past to apply to the future. This year has been stressful and I’m hoping that a change of scenery will cut through some of that. I’m hoping to write about it as I dive in, because I need the immediate feedback and because I need the pressure of a goal. The positive pressure of a goal.

This is vague and muddy, I knew it would be because I’m feeling vague and muddy. But I’m excited to see where this leads. And I’m going to keep pushing myself towards that, and through it.

Behind Bars